Jun 19, 2014 9:17 PM by Lupita Murillo

Boycott Mexico over the migrant children crisis?

TUCSON - The crisis of unaccompanied minors from Central America is making national headlines.
Wednesday night, on the O'Reilly Factor the television host and political commentator called on Americans to boycott Mexico.

O'Rilley says the Marine held in a Mexican jail for taking weapons across the border and, Mexico not enforcing its immigration laws and letting the children cross into the U.S. are his reasons for supporting a boycott.

Krista Steffen just got back from Rocky Point where she owns a home with her mother. She has no intentions of boycotting Mexico. "I think we all tend to go towards the defenseless, but I just don't think you should boycott any country based on somebody's feelings on an issue."

Felipe Garcia of Visit Tucson believes it would be an economic disaster if there was a boycott. "I think there are problems that need to be fixed in Mexico, immigration law and enforcement of immigration law, but aside from that fact I don't think it's a solution to call for a boycott."

Garcia said Nogales and Santa Cruz County depend on sales tax to survive. "Half of all their taxable sales are coming from people from south of the border."

Not to mention Tucson, where the Mexican trade brings in $200 million during the holidays. "We end up both losing not only does Mexico lose but we lose as well. We are in such a connected economy that we need that trade."

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