Concerns mount in farm country as anti-Mexico rhetoric heats up

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Editor’s Note: the following story was written by Julie Wernau for the Wall Street Journal and details major concerns all across farm country about the rhetoric coming out of the White House about trade policy and immigration. It explores the special relationship the cotton industry has with our neighbors to the south in Mexico and how the current administration appears to be jeopardizing what has been a good thing economically for Texas and all American cotton farmers.

There’s nothing more American — and Mexican — than a pair of jeans.

U.S. cotton bales are gathered from Texas to the Carolinas and shipped as fluff, yarn or fabric across the border to Mexico, where they are cut, sewn and pieced together. Around 40% of men’s and boy’s jeans in the U.S. are imported from Mexico, according to the U.S.’s International Trade Administration, and some of the world’s largest denim companies, including Levi Strauss and VF Corporation, maker of brands Lee and Wrangler, have a presence in Mexico.

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