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7/20/2014 6:00:00 AM
Guest Column: Mexico boycott and unintended consequences
Kelli Ward
State Senator

Boycotts of private companies may be effective in getting them to pay attention to certain issues important to their customers. A large enough outcry can have an effect on the company's bottom line.

This is not the case with countries. As a general rule, I do not support boycotts of states or countries as a way of forcing a political or economic agenda. I feel that this is an ineffective and harmful way to try to change governmental policy, whether it is Mexico, for the recent massive problem of illegal immigration or the Andrew Tahmooressi issue, or Arizona, back in the days of SB1070.

I support individuals being able to spend their hard-earned money (or not spend it) in any way that they see fit.

In order for any boycott of a country to be beneficial for requested change, their government would have to be acting benevolently in all aspects of public policy, and a valid argument exists that the government of Mexico is not doing so. Even if governments are corrupt or have a lack of leadership, it does not equate that the people of that country are corrupt.

Many Mexicans, like Americans, rely of the selling of goods or services to survive economically. The people who work retain the majority of the income realized from these goods and services - neither the government of Mexico, nor the American government, routinely seize the assets of those who work hard, though it is always a struggle to keep taxes low.

The harm to the government of Mexico in an effective boycott would be negligible when compared to the harm to small businesses and resort and tourist communities throughout the country. The people would be harmed first and hardest - the little guy would suffer.

So why does it matter about government benevolence? Because the Mexican government has neither the capacity nor desire to be benevolent towards its citizens. Where will these economically devastated citizens of Mexico go if they cannot survive in their country? A strong possibility is that they will trek to the Mexico/U.S. border and attempt to cross into our country in order to achieve the American Dream.

We should demand that our own government secure our border rather than harming hardworking Mexican citizens by calling for a feel-good boycott. By securing our border with Mexico we can accomplish several things:

1. Force the Mexican government to keep the illegal immigrants from Central America in Mexico. The Mexican government would then be required to find its own solution to the crisis they have allowed to continue by not enforcing their own southern border.

2. Leverage access to our vast non-governmental and faith-based organizations to assist the Mexican government in dealing with their illegal immigrant crisis in exchange for the release of Andrew Tahmooressi and improved treatment of other Americans held in Mexican prisons.

3. Diminish the potential costs that tens of thousands of illegals will have on social service systems, schools and medical care, as well as federal, state and local budgets.

4. Once the border is truly secure, Congress should look at a reasonable spending measure to continue to detain these illegal immigrants while providing expedited hearings until federal law can be changed to allow for immediate deportation. The majority of this spending should be focused on getting those who have entered the U.S. illegally back to their home countries.

Please join me in calling for our governor to activate the National Guard and/or for the president to use all means necessary to stop this invasion into our country and state. Additional assets in the Department of Public Safety and with our county sheriffs should be used as necessary to keep illegal immigrants from crossing into our state in the first place, whether on buses, trains, planes or by walking across our porous border.

I stand with Gov. Brewer and the majority of the citizens of Arizona and the U.S. We cannot be fearful of standing up to the Federal Government in order to enforce our state sovereignty.



(Sen. Kelli Ward, D.O., M.P.H., represents Arizona's 5th Legislative District in the State Legislature. She can be reached at (602) 926-4138, or at 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Twitter: @KelliWardAZ; www.Facebook.com/KelliWardForArizona)




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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Article comment by: anonymous1 anonymous1

Israel just about had a cow the other day when FAA stopped flights into their country, economic events can damage a countries economy, imagine if we were turned into a pariah nation by the general world nations for our arrogance and acts of unilateral militarism! We are in a small club now of incarcerating more of its citizens than majority of countries, executing them, etc., the thing about empires they all have three stages, they rise, they shine and the fall, but the countries more often than not continue just not as top dog!

Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“…jails were often emptied out."

I’ll ask, pointlessly as usual, for you to tell us exactly what jails were emptied out because some ranting charlatan set up a tent in a dirt lot?

Always love the little apocryphal tales we are treated to by Ms Athens. Always provide a smile and an occasional laugh out loud.


Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Article comment by: origional kingman resident

"It doesn't really apply in the case of drug use as addiction is shown to be a medical/psychological condition. "

You can't be addicted unless you use. Possession, and usage, not to mention purchasing, illegal drugs is... well... illegal. A person was not inflicted with the "illness" of addiction the first time they used, but they were breaking the law.

Some may call it a sin, others call it a crime. People still need to be held accountable for their behavior.


Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Article comment by: Oh Ya

" Several times we have had sweeping revivals where so many turned to Christ, jails were often emptied out."

Wow! Mass brainwashing gatherings, isn't that what Sunday Services are for.


Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@A1 A1

"Boycotts when related to countries used to be called trade wars or tariff wars,...."

Only if the govt is doing it. Not surprised you do not know the difference between a govt boycott and a consumer one.

"and often lead to counter offensives which do neither one any good,..."

And mexico has such a big stick to threaten us with in retaliation for a consumer boycott. What would they do, stop sending us their criminal citizens?

LOL


Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Article comment by: trained observer

Taking drugs such as heroin and cocaine are simply sins.
----
Sin only exists in your mind due to your religious belief. It doesn't really apply in the case of drug use as addiction is shown to be a medical/psychological condition. Please educate yourself on this issue as your "sin" judgement is not helpful to anyone.


Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Legalizing abortion - so far 60 million dead babies.”

Once again I will ask you where you got that figure and what time frame does it represent – a year, a decade, a century, time and all eternity? And of course you have yet to tell us exactly how a woman making a personal and private decision to undergo a legal medical procedure impacts your life? When might we expect that answer?

“More illicit sex…”

Ah the hue and cry of the nattering busybody – “Somewhere, someone is having sex and I don’t like it!’

“Turning back to God is the only true answer.”

Provided that would be a loving God who does not accept bearing false witness and turning your back on the less fortunate.

“And we need our border closed w/everything it takes…”

We have a law in Arizona that allows you to donate to the BIG FENCE and so far hardly anyone has given money – did you? If not, shhhhh!


Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014
Article comment by: anonymous1 anonymous1

Boycotts when related to countries used to be called trade wars or tariff wars, and often lead to counter offensives which do neither one any good, but this is ageless in history nothing new here! I think many seem to think America's 380 million plus citizens is the only market in this big old world of 6 billion plus human beings, someone is arrogant if they think no other markets exist than the ones here in USA!

Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014
Article comment by: Javier Robles

Nice to see the white people angry in Kingman over us Mexicans invading their so called country. I’m with Francisco, we need to take our land back!

Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014
Article comment by: Molon Labe

"Article comment by: Francisco Javier Trujillo

Sorry Ms. Ward, but we didn’t come to the border, the border came to us and this whole immigration of the children is just the start. We want our land back that was taken from us in 1848 by the imperialist U.S. Incase you forgot, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and parts of Colorado and Wyoming were part of Mexico before your President Polk decided to invade our country. We’re taking back our land!! Viva Mexico!!!"

Good luck with that Senor Trujillo. Methinks a second Mexican-American war would erupt and Mexico would lose even more territory. Baja California would be a good start. We could use more ocean front property since the Mexican government confiscated homes built by Americans to retire in that region. The Americans had a 99 year lease the Mexicans did not honor. Time to take it back permanently. Tijuana is a dump but it can be renovated.


Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Gosh Francisco. I don't recall your version of our SW states. I do recall the true version however, the Gadsden Purchase, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and even remember us buying Alaska from Russia only I don't remember Russia whining about it all the time.

You need to bone up on the true history of what happened. And where Mexico got the land in the first place...and how they owed debt...and got paid for the land, and how the people living in Texas didn't want to be part of Mexico, etc etc .

I know it isn't popular these days with all those La Raza classes going on in all the SW campuses like UTEP and schools like in Tucson but truth is truth.


Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Jon Winder:

Your supposed logic escapes me. Taking drugs such as heroin and cocaine are simply sins. This country was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs, therefore there is no way us legalizing all drugs could be the answer to the cartel problem. It would simply be us becoming more sinful than we already have become.

Do you see liquor being legal doing anyone any good? The only thing that has ever worked is for drinkers to turn to Christ and get off booze forever. I have seen it happen over and over and over and I don't mean the 12 step AA program which has a very high recidivism rate.

Legalizing abortion - so far 60 million dead babies. That's what legalizing sin does, it makes it more prevalent. More illicit sex, more killing the unborn.

Turning back to God is the only true answer. Several times we have had sweeping revivals where so many turned to Christ, jails were often emptied out. It's time...again.

And we need our border closed w/everything it takes - fence, technology, boots on the ground...whatever - and keep it closed since we are not longer assimilating people but are simply splintering the country.


Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: Jon Winder

Sen. Ward, the taboo subject that keeps getting washed over that will directly affect immigration from Latin American countries is drug prohibition. Our ridiculous drug prohibition has directly caused cartel control and instability in these countries.

These laws have also made a health concern into a criminal concern. Prohibition of drugs has never been effective in reducing drug usage. One way or another, drug users will continue to acquire drugs. When they are made illegal, cartels, gangs, and otherwise unsavory individuals who have no problem breaking the law step forward to reap the financial benefits of this prohibition.

The economics of drug production and transportation relating to this prohibition means that many unsavory individuals in Latin American countries capitalize on this fact to make money as well. These violent cartels and gangs give rise to violence and instability, which undermines these countries' ability to better themselves. These unstable conditions lead to their residents seeking a safe home in a more stable country ours.

An end to our ridiculous domestic drug policies will not only eliminate wasteful spending here in our country, but help to stabilize these Latin American countries.

Look to the source, not the symptoms.


Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: joker wilde

When speaking of corrupt governments and lack of leadership, one need not look too far away.

Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: Great Idea

True

Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: Francisco Javier Trujillo

Sorry Ms. Ward, but we didn’t come to the border, the border came to us and this whole immigration of the children is just the start. We want our land back that was taken from us in 1848 by the imperialist U.S. Incase you forgot, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and parts of Colorado and Wyoming were part of Mexico before your President Polk decided to invade our country. We’re taking back our land!! Viva Mexico!!!

Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Senator Ward:

Well put. Also anything done to Mexico should be done by our federal government, not a few people changing their vacation plans.

Thirty five years on the border in TX taught me there are wonderful Mexican people who work hard, come across just for the day w/green cards to clean yards and work as housekeepers, then go back every night to their homes in Mexico.

Most wouldn't dream of commiting a crime and most love America and Americans.

On our soldier, one call from the wienie in the White House could probably get him back home...but no call has come....it interferes w/fund raisers apparently.

If we have learned nothing else about obama it is that he really does not care about people who are suffering whether it be Tahmooressi who was recently diagnosed w/PTSD from being deployed twice or small, illegal Central American children whose bodies are now being found as they try to make their way north to our country.

And then there is the worry about soldiers on the front lines who are now being handed out pink slips saying their services, after this last deployment, are no longer needed. As if their stress level wasn't already high enough.

Obama needs a trip to Oz (and not the muslim Dr Mesmet Oz) to get a heart.


Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: When Not Vacationing, Kelli is Out to Lunch

No one’s advocating a Mexico travel boycott. The issue is - as a political figure by refusing to take YOUR vacation at this time you would keep the detained marine in the news applying pressure on the Mexican government to do the right thing.

Kelli says travel boycotts are ineffective. Wrong. Tourism boycotts are extremely effective. Take how quickly Arizona buckled under the MLK holiday boycott. Plenty of other example but since Kelli is an Arizona representative she should at least know our state's history.

We’re to believe she’s concerned about little people being harmed by her not vacationing in Mexico. When little people are hurt an area’s economy suffers and governments act. And Kelli, by vacationing in Arizona's White Mountains or taking in Tucson's sites wouldn't you be helping our little people.

Now aren’t you cleaver, Kelli. Although we are talking about applying pressure on Mexico to free a marine who mistakenly strayed into Mexico, you want to change the subject to border security. Kelli, you may think all your voters are stupid. Stop pandering. Just admit you didn't think of the poor marine being held for a careless mistake and tell us what you as a state representative are doing to better our lives. I guess the answer is, "Well, nothing. I'm on vacation."


Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

Well, In the first place Mrs. Ward in case you haven't noticed DPS assets have been severely cut in past few years, there aren't enough DPS officers to cover this district let alone the Mexican border!!! Gas prices is one of the culprits of this crisis! Or haven't you noticed the prices for gas??

Why not use the Army National Guard first and foremost to help the Border Patrol and get a damned fence built, So many suggestions have been put forth such as a double fence and use of razor wire.
And, while you're at it, Why don't the governors of our states and the state legislators demand the Impeachment of both Eric Holder and Barack Obama who have created this dismal destructive criminal MESS??

You don't want a boycott of Mexico? How 'bout you and the rest of legislators along with the governors Demand ALL Aid to Mexico be immediately cut off!!!

You're worried about what a boycott would do to Mexicans' economy---WHAT about the Economy of United States Citizens???

Yes, IT makes no sense that while Mex. is allowing our borders to flood over, They still won't release Sgt. Andrew Tahmoorisse back to U.S. Because they mean and corrupt spirited!
Frankly, I'm SICK of seeing our store shelves filled with Mexican made food products while they are just another CORRUPT Country!!


Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: Another Thought

"Please join me in calling for our governor to activate the National Guard"

What a novel idea! Each border state has this capability, however, with the midterm elections coming up nobody (including Obama) wants that blemish on their personal or party record. Now the Republican Governors will claim that there is no guarantee that the federal government will reimburse the states if they do deploy them. That doesn't pass the smell test either since Congress controls the purse. Both Ducey and Jones claim they will do this "on top of using satellites" to control the border, again, doesn't pass the smell test and makes them look like idiots considering a Governor doesn't have any control over satellite usage. It all boils down to politics and who wants who to appear to be the bad guy! I will not vote for someone who is afraid to deploy their guardsmen but I also will not vote for someone who "lies" about being able to the use of satellites.


Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: pl .....

Funny thing - they killed President Kennedy 7 days after he announced plans to reveal the NWO's plans against America's people, but if we come on this web forum and state that it would be better to put the present Traitor-in- Chief six feet under in order to stave off a pandemic of his doing that will kill millions, we risk a knock at the door - or worse - from his Gestapo protectors.

Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: Al DiCicco, Candidate for County Supervisor Dist. 4

Governor Brewer has failed as has the Federal Government by choice. Take out all the stops and yes, send the Arizona National Guard to the border since the Feds refuse to do so. All Arizona needs to stop paying money to the Feds for redistribution of our own money as they desire. This invasion has been an issue for 50 plus years and is used as a political football to deflect from other important issues. The corporations and government, State and Federal are at fault and it is clearly deliberate. Now what about the economy in Mohave County Senator Ward? What about the Health of those of us that have high levels of toxic metals in our blood? The air is NOT safe to breathe as you claim Doctor Ward. Don't drop the ball. If we are all sick, unemployed or dead, the border won't matter, will it?

Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: Trained Observer

We already know that you don't support financial boycotts because you spent your vacation money in Mexico instead of in the US, which by the way, is a place were a lot of people are still struggling financially.
Which leads me to your idea of using non-government and faith-based organizations to help Mexico. What??? We have people here that are going hungry and are homeless. These groups are not helping them so why should we help Mexico? Mexico has quite a few wealthy people, including the drug lords. They match money that is sent home from this country for various projects.
Build the border, patrol it with drones and change the laws to make it easier to deport people.Oh yeah, and cut off any foreign aid to Mexico. They don't need it.


Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: desert dweller

I think you are completely wrong! Everything these days seems to revolve around money..including the border crossings...those mexican politicos are just like you! A strong outcry from the masses will get their attention, they want to stay in office...BOYCOTT anything from Mexico or south America....see if it doesn't get their attention!!



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