I am just one of the thousands of American tourists within Puerto Vallarta. And even though I am here legally, roughly one million Americans live in Mexico illegally—but they do so in total comfort. Their presence is welcomed by the Mexican government, who turn a blind eye in return for the tourists’ steady and generous contributions to the Mexican economy.
Meanwhile, Mexican “tourists” in America languish in concentration camps where children are deliberately separated from their families and disease runs rampant. As a direct result of Trump’s child separation policy, seven children have died in the past year. No “tourist” had died in US custody in the previous ten years.
But let’s not let the rising body count distract us from the fact that American tourists are happy in Mexico. Americans are flocking to Mexico to buy property. Over 30 million Americans visited Mexico last year. In Mexico, the sun is shinier, the water is warmer, and the air is cleaner. But our Mexican neighbors are concerned about the large influx of Americans—especially due to the rise of coronavirus.
Trump has tried to cut funding to the CDC. Thankfully, because Congress controls funding, the CDC’s budget has actually increased, but it should be obvious that Trump poses a clear danger to our nation’s wellbeing. The US response to the threat of coronavirus has been disheartening. In Mexico, I am wholly unable to test myself to see if I have the virus.
The Mexican response has been unequivocal: “We want the wall.” The wall will ensure Trump’s foundering efforts to contain the virus remain America’s problem. The thousands who may die from the disease will remain America’s problem. The money spent on housing thousands of Mexicans in concentration camps? The prime example of America’s problem—a country that willingly spends millions on the incarceration of nonviolent tourists instead of preventing the spread of disease.