Bye Bye Guacamole: Why Building a Wall Won’t Happen (Hint: It’s a Food Thing)

Bye Bye Guacamole: Why Building a Wall Won’t Happen (Hint: It’s a Food Thing)

Guacamole. It’s the food star of the Super Bowl: the first thing fans reach for when they pull up to the sports bar and the real reason your friends come to your game day party.

So here’s a question: What would happen to America’s favorite football food if Trump built his beloved wall?

Laugh if you like; indeed, families being torn apart and generations of Mexican dreams dying on the vine are the more heart-wrenching implications. But food — namely, your favorite Mexican foods that you will either pay much higher prices for or won’t be able to get at all — will be another implication.

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Though Trump has repeatedly said Mexico would pay for the wall, most economists — and frankly, anyone with a basic understanding of math — agree that it’s American taxpayers who would, in fact, be footing the bill.

Here are some stats (and then we’ll get back to the snark): 93% of Hass avocados sold in the U.S. come from Mexico, and the U.S. is the primary recipient of Mexican avocado exports, consuming 78% of stock.

Currently, Mexican avocados are priced around $1 to $2 each, depending on the season and where you live. Slap a 20% “build the wall” tax on that price – not yet an official policy proposal but the amount recently suggested by Press Secretary Sean Spicer – and you’ve got yourself one very pricey bowl of guac.

But even stranger than the fake math Trump uses to cook the books in his “build the wall” agenda is the disconnect most wall supporters have between Mexican people and Mexican culture; specifically, how the latter, primarily through food, has positively impacted their lives.

Think about it: What would Texas be without Tex Mex? What would California be without Baja Med? What would South Florida be without Nuevo Latino cuisine?   

In each of those states, and every other U.S. state, for that matter, Americans are gobbling up Mexican food faster than you can say “Ay Dios mio.”

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