The Trump administration is trying to convey panic that there’s an immediate crisis on the southern border, pointing to caravans of desperate people who have traveled thousands of miles.
It’s true that Latin and Central Americans are coming to the US fleeing violence and poverty, much of it caused by destructive US trade policy over the course of decades. But there’s another massive “border crossing” phenomenon afoot — and Trump has not said a word about it. We’re talking about thousands of US citizens crossing the border each day in search of affordable health care.
At just one checkpoint in Yuma, Arizona, up to 6,000 Americans cross the border every day and enter the bustling Mexican town of Los Algodones, seeking heath care.
Unlike the Trump administration that seeks to build a wall between the countries, Los Algodones welcomes Americans seeking dental care with open arms.
Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction
They do it for all sorts of things, not just healthcare. I know people who went to Mexico for car repair, particularly things like body work and upholstery. If you’re building a hot rod and want $5,000 worth of tuck-and-roll leather, you can get it in Mexico for half that or maybe less. My boss had his fishing boat completely overhauled and customized. A friend of his bought an old Grumman step van and took it to Mexico, where they rebuilt it and outfitted it as a camper. If you’re thinking of doing something like that, don’t just head for Tijuana or Juarez. You need contacts, friends in Mexico who know the honest and reliable places. Basically, you do the same vetting you would do here in the states.