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Trump Gives Mexico Extraordinary Refugee Surprise

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Trump has gifted something to Mexico that has greatly surprised leaders and refugees on both sides of the border, and perhaps deeply annoyed his fan base. Perhaps none are as elated about the subsequent goodwill and billions of dollars befallen them as Mexicans themselves, such as those in Tijuana where thousands of people had recently fled starvation and violence to this border town, all in hopes of crossing into the land of plenty, America; nearly all denied — and worse.


President Donald Trump’s immigration doctrine he used to rally Americans throughout his 2016 presidential campaign is being appreciated in ways that had never been dreamed. Those ways mean big dollars, too – billions of dollars into the Mexican economy.

World travelers have selected Mexico as the country they will spend their tourist dollars. Mexican tourism has risen so much lately, it edged out Turkey to become the world’s eighth most popular tourist destination, according to the World Tourism Organization (WTO).

Mexico moved up from ninth place in the organization’s World Tourism Barometer. It received 35 million visitors last year, compared to Turkey’s 28.3 million.

The Mexican federal government stated it expects to enter the top five tourist destinations soon, given that foreign visitor numbers are up a whopping 50% since 2012.

Subsequently, thanks to Trump, tourism revenues in Mexico were also up last year, rising to US $19.6 billion.

Mexico’s goodwill toward refugees stuck at the border definitely had an unexpected benefit: tourists and locals happily choosing to spend their money there, where the nation and its people opened arms to Haitian refugees and others. Tijuana is the city hardest hit by new immigration policies. Amid humanitarian crises that began in nations far away, Tijuana locals have scrambled to provide and even create jobs for the thousands of people in dire need rejected at the US border, so are settling down in Tijuana. Among the refugees are thousands of Haitians alone.

Most Haitian refugees left their home and country after 2010′s devastating earthquake killed over 250,000 friends and family members — and after America’s empty promises of help, such as billions of dollars worth of Clinton Foundation aid never delivered. Instead, those billions of dollars went into pockets of corrupt contractors, banks, and yes, the Clinton Foundation. (For more on that issue, watch Telesur’s video, The 2010 Earthquake Still Haunting Haiti, the first video above.)

In starvation and ill health mode, most Haitian refugees initially found homes in Brazil and Venezuela. With the closing ceremony fireworks of the 2016 Olympics, so too were their manufacturing and service related jobs. Over five thousand Haitians then embarked on a dangerous pilgrimage through 13 countries to seek asylum in the great U.S. Tijuana is right on the doorstep of this promised land. That is where their journey ended. They learned about a new promised land, one with far fewer means but with bigger hearts. Mexicans rallied to welcome and help provide for the poor Haitians.

“Seeing these young Haitians here helping shoppers on the sales floor makes me very proud to be Mexican,” a woman recently commented to another standing in the check-out line in a Tijuana shop that had hired several Haitian refugees.

“This is what makes life worth living, giving to those less fortunate,” she quietly said, as other Mexican shoppers nodded in agreement.

Meanwhile, travel to the US has “fallen off a cliff” since Trump’s election to the point of being called “The Trump Slump,” according to travel companies, who report a significant drop in flight searches and bookings since his inauguration and his controversial travel ban and early hour ICE raids.

Data recently released showed that already, the US has lost $185m in lost tourist revenue due to Trump.

“Though flight demand to the US dropped in 94 of 122 countries, Hopper found a notable exception in Russia, where flight search demand to the US was up by 88%.” the Guardian recently reported.

Brad Tuttle for Time reported last month that Trump policies on immigration and his Muslim ban, appear to be causing foreign tourists to rethink plans to visit the U.S.

“Search engines reported a steep decline in international travelers looking for flights to America immediately after Trump issued a controversial order banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries in early 2017. Many overseas-based tour operators noticed a sharp dip in bookings to the U.S. around this time as well.

It isn’t just damaging to a major US industry. It’s the economy in general – a $10billion per year loss, according to David Scowsili, president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council, a private industry group.

“Closing borders risks jobs,” said Scowsili in a speech directed at the administration. “The livelihood of millions of Americans depends on people being able to use planes, trains and automobiles to spend their tourist dollars.”

Photo Above: Among places reaping the recent tourist boom benefits are those in Playes Tijuana. Many Americans love it so much, they invest in homes there and in other nearby Baja California areas. Courtesy Wikimedia

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    • Paul Brown

      The US fear industry scares Americans away from Mexico, but I understand prices there are half that in the US, and the food is fantastic. Like Muslims, I never met a Mexican or Haitian I didn’t like.


        Islam is the cancerous growth on the ass of humanity.

      • Deanna Martinez

        Go kill yourself, you bleeding heart fool! Take the Muslims in your own backyard and have a damn party! I am so sick of living in a country with garbage like you, always fighting and fighting over NOTHING. Stupid idiot. There is ENOUGH human trash in this damn country and we don’t need anymore. Why don’t you get the hell out of here instead of making your stupid self rightoues remarks? WHITE LIBERALS ARE THE THREAT TO THE WORLD, JUST LIKE THE AGING HIPPIE HAG THAT WROTE THIS PATHETIC ARTICLE.

    • Man

      wait wut?

      Trump policy on immigration is only to ban muslims from 6 countries. The safe haven cities just won a court battle and Trump doesn’t have the funding to build a wall. So nothing really affected the Mexican immigration.

      and being an US tourist and going to give money to those you bar from entering your country is quite sickening. Good old US values.

      And what has Haitians has to do with Trump immigration policy?

      What has decline in flights to the US has to with Trump immigration? It wasn’t the effect of trump immigration policy since he has none in place for now. I don’t believe that US tourism is dependent on Muslim tourists. But it is good to see the Russian spies flying over.

    • Pink Slime

      Yes, yes! Let them all beat it to Mexico. MASA! Make America Safe Again! :lol:

      • Deborah Dupre

        Hi Pink –
        Hello Pink. Thank you so much for your comments based on nothing but racism and myths, because it gives us an opportunity to see just that.
        According to research, promoting unconstitutional policies, bullying attitudes and illegal torture does not make America great, it makes it hated more and puts all Americans more at risk because they are so disliked. As far as making America safe again with a Muslims ban, if you truly believe that has anything to do with the illegal (according to international refugee laws) – please answer:

        How many Muslims were involved in 911?

        How many Muslims have committed a terrorist attack on the US?

        (By the way: If other countries attacked by US terrorists such as the CIA all banned Americans from travel, Americans would pretty much need to remain on US soil forever.)

        Can hardly wait for your answers, Pink. Muchas gracias. (chuckle)

        • Pink Slime

          Yes, yes, you are one SICK puppy. You wish white genocide on this nation.

          Tens of thousands of Americans have been raped, killed, murdered, robbed, maimed, beaten by illegal immigrants. Thousands of lives ruined. And many, many cops have lost their lives because of them. Yes, they had wives and children.

          All those that drove the plane into the Twin Towers were NOT whites Swedes, Norwegians, Finns, etc., no those were the innocent passengers. The ones in the cockpit were ALL depraved Muslims who slammed the plane into the Twin Towers.

          But I’m quite sure you blame the passengers. And all terrorist attacks done on our soil were by Muslims that both parties up there seem to be bringing to our soil by the MILLIONS. I’m sure you are delighted because we somehow hurt your “brownies”.

          But by bringing America down, you should know, this will actually start your beloved brownies to kill each other because the strong man is gone. The word will be set on fire because America and Israel will be out of the way.

          Now they will concentrate on perceived past wrongdoings and start to turn on each other. So by wishing white genocide you are bringing brown suicide.

          Like I said, you are one sick puppy. More than you can imagine. :twisted:

          • Deborah Dupre

            Lies, lies and more lies, Pink.

            Not one person on the official 911 investigation agree that even one Muslim was in 9/11 cockpits.
            The world’s largest airline association says the same – not one Muslim flew the planes and not one wad involved. Yet Pink seems to think s/he knows better than all of them and all the government and non-government crime records. Fascinating – except your statements are simply based on successful brainwashing. Too bad. I understand there is professional help, however, for people brainwashed.

            • Pink Slime

              Oh, so they were Finns, Swedes and Norwegians in the cockpit. Gotcha! :lol:

              My bad….

              You are more funny than a rolling turd. :roll:

    • Deanna Martinez

      Oh, please! You are such a bleeding heart fool! No country should be FORCED to take in refugees. Why don’t you take all these damn people and stuff them in your old backyard? Or in your house? You are a pathetic, broken down aging hippie and you write with that attitude. This is a dangerous time, you old hag! You must dream of taking a bullet from ISIS, right? I am a woman who hate women like you because you give SANE women a bad name. Stupid old liberal hag!

      • Deborah Dupre

        Deanna – First you break international law by bombing their homes, killing relations and wounding them – under guise of seeking out terrorists (manufactured in the US) and then deny their right to survive by leaving the violence, bloodshed, destruction (all manipulated to begin with by the US) and tell them they cannot flee to another country? Yes, Deanna, thank you for expressing as a perfect example too many Americans have become and what the new president is fostering – illegal and inhumane people so that America will never be great again if you and others like you have your way. Instead, you will be hated by more and more people – not as Americans were once regarded globally when they showed common sense and compassion. Thank you. You could not have expressed it better – including the personal attack at the end.
        By the way – you really should do at least a little homework before embarrassing yourself about ISIS. It was created and is being sustained by the US – your tax dollar. The rest of the world knows that, but not you. After learning about it, come back and leave a comment, OK? Thanks you once again, Deanna for the awesome opportunities here.

        • Pink Slime

          You should listen to her (DM). She is telling he truth about you. You are a PHONY and want to burden others, but not yourself.

          Do you see how SICK you are? :eek:

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