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the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment, which will prove to be ben­e­fi­cial to the re­gion.

“So if we make it such that the trade is go­ing to be of good value to both – the US and for the Caribbean basin, in­clud­ing Ja­maica – that ben­e­fits ev­ery­one,” Hill ar­gued.

“It does not ben­e­fit the United States at all if Ja­maica doesn’t pros­per. That is of no ben­e­fit to the United States. It is of ben­e­fit when the na­tions of the Caribbean basin pros­per,” he un­der­scored.

Hill, how­ever, did not com­ment on Trump’s im­mi­gra­tion plan, which ac­cord­ing to some po­lit­i­cal ob­servers, would lead to mass de­por­ta­tion of per­sons who are in the US il­le­gally.

“I don’t know what Mr Trump would do in that sit­u­a­tion. I would say this, that any­one who comes into the United States il­le­gally, they should not re­main in the United States il­le­gally,” he as­serted.

The Florida leg­is­la­tor went fur­ther, of­fer­ing his own sug­ges­tion on how the US can bring an end to il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.

“Here is the eas­i­est way to stop il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, and it is not by mass de­por­ta­tion ... . Do not pro­vide them with a so­cialised ben­e­fit when they get there,” he said.

“In other words, food stamp, free med­i­cal care, free hous­ing ... . If you stop do­ing that for il­le­gal im­mi­grants com­ing here, they will stop com­ing here,” he ex­plained.

Vela, a Clin­ton sup­porter, crit­i­cised

Trump’s im­mi­gra­tion plan, charg­ing that it has left Ja­maicans at home and in the di­as­pora ner­vous.

“I have been lis­ten­ing to your fel­low Ja­maicans since I was sit­ting in the Fort Laud­erdale air­port on Sun­day ... and

they are very wor­ried about a Don­ald Trump pres­i­dency,” he re­vealed.

“They are fear­ful of what he would do to the won­der­ful and sta­ble re­la­tion­ship we [the US] have had with the coun­try of Ja­maica. Un­der Hil­lary Clin­ton, what we know is that it [the re­la­tion­ship] would re­main very strong

and very pro­duc­tive, and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial. In fact, I re­ally be­lieve that Sec­re­tary Clin­ton will en­hance that re­la­tion­ship, and I think you are go­ing to see an up­ward trend in di­rect pri­vate in­vest­ment,” Vela said.

AP PHO­TOS

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton gives a thumbs up to a mem­ber of the me­dia as she ar­rives to board her cam­paign plane at Westch­ester County Air­port in White Plains, New York, yes­ter­day to travel to Fort Laud­erdale, Florida, for a rally.

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump poses for pho­to­graphs dur­ing an cam­paign event with em­ploy­ees at Trump Na­tional Do­ral yes­ter­day.

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