Tourism to Mexico up by 200 percent since Trump was elected president

The spilt of the border is moving. As the end of the Iraq war draws near and Trump has long pledged to create a “great” border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, the actions…

Tourism to Mexico up by 200 percent since Trump was elected president

The spilt of the border is moving. As the end of the Iraq war draws near and Trump has long pledged to create a “great” border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, the actions of the two countries are quite clear.

On Monday, the U.S. welcomed more than 150,000 Mexican tourists over the last two months, up from about 70,000 over the same two months last year. Trump has promised to clean up the region by building a border wall, increasing immigration screening to weed out illegal migrants, while the Mexican government has been carrying out enhanced border controls, opening their doors to American tourists. Mexico “welcomes American tourists, but they have to pay for the room. And then they pay again for food,” one marina owner told The New York Times.

Mexico just became a popular vacation destination. pic.twitter.com/8UYnFQXfA4 — Unsplash (@Unsplash) June 27, 2018

The Mexican increase is as significant as the Trump administration’s dream of getting more U.S. visitors has been: American tourism to Mexico from the U.S. has doubled since Trump’s election, according to figures quoted by The New York Times.

Despite the recent focus on oil, Mexico accounts for more than half of the U.S. commercial agriculture, mostly by imports of fruits and vegetables, according to the Mexican agricultural official the Times spoke to.

Doing a quick metric calculation over just two months, that’s over a 200 percent increase in Americans visiting Mexico. Also, if Mexico keeps up the momentum, we might have a big agriculture boom in the U.S. especially with just plain ol’ cotton.

Biking to the US-Mexico border in Juarez, Mexico, October 2017 pic.twitter.com/hSd5CBjsSn — AP Video (@APVideo) June 27, 2018

Many Americans have become increasingly estranged from Mexico as the Trump administration has moved to restrict immigration, building a wall between the two countries, as well as in some cases revoking the citizenship of Mexican-born people for overstaying visas. Mexico is one of the most popular vacation destinations for Americans, and it is increasingly likely that as the Trump administration continues its unpopular immigration policies, they will see even more Americans traveling to the country on the U.S. side of the border.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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