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Mexican Avocados vs. US GMO Potatoes: USDA's Vindictive Response Part of the Wall against Mexico?

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You may have to choose soon between American GMO French Fries with Acrylamide or Organic Avocados from this Grove in Mexico!

Breaking News: Concerning a tax on remittances resulting in $10-15 to pay for the Trump Wall, Mexico's president (and two former Presidents of Mexico) won't stand for it. Enrique Pena Nieto responded with his statement that remittances are "an invaluable contribution to national development and indispensable for millions of Mexican families. We must assure the free flow of remittances."

Remittances are one of the largest sources of cash flow in Mexico, but certainly not the largest, with statistics likely behind petroleum resources and agricultural exports. The rest of the world will pick up the slack and buy agricultural produce from Mexico, if the 20% tariffs envisioned by Donald Trump were to sharply reduce the volume of imports to the United States.

The implications about how we are treating our neighbor to the South are quite shocking. Mexicans have every right to object to GMO potatoes, and should not suffer because the USA implements a vindictive retaliation for the Mexican President (plus two prior Presidents) not wanting to pay for The Trump Wall Against Mexico.

I dread the idea that this is how our foreign policies are going to be shaped over the next four years, but, hey! Try to get used to it? We will have to try even harder after the Cabinet is entirely approved by the Senate.

After decades of being kicked around and insulted as "lazy," and more recently called a nation of drug dealers and rapists, by Trump, Mexico cares about its dignity.

What does all of this say to the rest of the world about how we treat our neighbor and how we treat the folks who pick the strawberries and work as cooks and meat processors and hotel maids, in all of the jobs that Americans are too good to do?

Taxing their remittances, the pathetic amounts they work so hard to make and then send home? A 20% tariff on imported Mexican goods? These potential measures will probably end up in International Courts and they will be ruled against and struck down, if they even get that far, and there is even a chance that wiser folks in the White House may prevail.

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Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto said Thursday in a Twitter message that he has canceled a planned meeting with Donald Trump, after Trump's tweet Wednesday evening, "If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting." Peña Nieto has repeatedly said Mexico would not pay for a border wall and reiterated that message several times.

Early Thursday, the Mexican president tweeted:

This morning we informed the White House that I will not attend the work meeting planned for next Tuesday with @POTUS. Mexico reiterates its willingness to work with the United States to realize accords that favor both nations. Mexico does not believe in walls. I've said time again; Mexico will not pay for any wall."

Peña Nieto said he had ordered government agencies to improve immigrant protection: "I've asked for the minister of Foreign Relations to re-enforce protection measures to our citizens," with 50 Mexican Consulates in the US to be used to defend the rights of immigrants in the country.

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