U.S. Border States Have Stake In Mexico’s Election

NPR, 6/19/12

In southern Texas and in Arizona, people are paying a lot of attention to the presidential election – Mexico’s presidential election. From member station KJZZ, Peter O’Dowd explains why millions of Americans are awaiting July 1st, Mexico’s election day.

Some Americans along the border have a huge stake in Mexican politics. The Woodrow Wilson Center estimates the two countries traded a record half-a-trillion dollars in goods and services last year. Investment fell off during the recession, but has steadily climbed back despite escalating drug violence. Analysts say business would strengthen even more if Mexico solved its cartel problem.

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