January 24, 2014
The New York Times, 01/23/2014
For Detroit, a city that has watched a population in free fall, officials have a new antidote: immigrants.
Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan on Thursday announced plans to seek federal help in bringing 50,000 immigrants to the bankrupt city over five years as part of a visa program aimed at those with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities in science, business or the arts.
Under the plan, which is expected to be formally submitted to federal authorities soon, immigrants would be required to live and work in Detroit, a city that has fallen to 700,000 residents from 1.8 million in the 1950s.
December 11, 2013
Houston Chronicle, 12/10/2013
Speaking to the annual conference of the Republican Governors Association, meeting in Arizona recently, Gov. Rick Perry was unrealistically optimistic when he predicted that this nation’s grinding debate over immigration reform is likely to end in the not-too-distant future, thanks to Mexico’s economic advances. Comprehensive immigration reform is much more complicated than that, and yet there’s a kernel of truth in the governor’s observations.
Perry spoke specifically of the effort by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to reform his country’s energy laws to lure greater investment from outside oil and gas companies. The end result would be not only increased energy production but also more jobs for Mexicans.
November 27, 2013
The Christian Science Monitor, 11/26/2013
President Peña Nieto’s sweeping reforms raise taxes on US-owned companies and other businesses. Some firms along the US-Mexico border say they won’t rule out relocating.
September 20, 2013
by Christohper Wilson
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Five years ago, the United States and China launched the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, a reflection of the growing complexity and enormous importance of US-China relations. Earlier this year at their meeting in Mexico City, President Obama and President Peña Nieto agreed to a similar initiative, the US-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED), for much the same reasons, and Vice President Biden is in Mexico today to officially launch the initiative.
Before looking at the content of the Dialogue, let’s take a quick look at why this matters:
Mexico is the United States’ second largest export market (Canada is first), and since 2009, exports to Mexico have grown faster than exports to any of our other top trading partners. Some six million US jobs depend on trade with Mexico. Investment and financial flows between the two countries are also important, but the massive trade relationship is still the centerpiece of the economic relationship.
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June 26, 2013
The New York Times, 6/25/2013
Are American workers are about to experience unwelcome new competition for their jobs? The bill moving through Congress to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, if approved, would give employers access to expanded visa programs that would admit hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers, of both low and high skills, to toil in workplaces from strawberry fields to technology companies.
The legislation also offers legal status to millions of immigrants working illegally across the country, and ultimately a shot at citizenship. The change would encourage many to roam freely throughout the economy, leaving dead-end jobs in immigrant-heavy sectors of the labor market to seek higher pay elsewhere. But by many accounts, most American workers need not worry about the prospect of hordes of workers entering the country with an eye on their jobs. Rather, immigration is seen as more likely to leave American workers better off.
May 16, 2013
MSN Now, 5/15/2013
Mexico outsourcing jobs to America? No, it’s not a headline from The Onion, it’s really happening. Mexican baking company Groupo Bimbo’s Mexico City factory was completely overwhelmed by American appetites for its tasty treats, especially among the fast-growing Hispanic population, who are hungry for the taste of home. But instead of opening another Mexico-based kitchen, it headed across the border to set up shop. So far the baked goods behemoth has opened 80 plants in the U.S., hiring around 40,000 American workers to make everything from Bimbo Panque con Nuez (Pecan Pound Cake) to Barcel Takis Guacamole. So much for those authentic Mexican-made guacamole-flavored tortilla chips — these snacks are made in America.
April 22, 2013
The Washington Times, 4/19/13
Secretary of State John F. Kerry and his Mexican counterpart touted the growing economic connection between Mexico and the U.S. on Friday, with Mr. Kerry saying that while the security relationship between the two nations remains vital, economic ties are ultimately more important.
“We don’t want to define this relationship with Mexico or with other countries in the context of security or … counternarcotics traffic,” Mr. Kerry told reporters at Foggy Bottom after meeting with Mexican Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade. “We want to define it much larger in the context of our citizens’ economic needs and our capacity to do more on the economic frontier.”
February 13, 2013
Bloggings by boz
Only one Latin American or Caribbean country was mentioned in last night’s State of the Union, and it was a negative mention. “Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico.” It’s true that in 2011 and 2012 Ford added about 2,000 jobs in Michigan and Ohio manufacturing vehicles like the Ford Fusion that were previously manufactured in Mexico. However, Ford has expanded its operations in Mexico too.
Mexico’s auto manufacturing and auto parts industries are doing very well. Having an auto manufacturing industry that can so easily move vehicles and parts across North America’s borders has helped create multi-national supply chains that have benefited citizens in the US, Canada and Mexico. I understand and support President Obama’s push to improve manufacturing in the US. We should be investing in modern manufacturing hubs, research and development. But he was wrong to frame it as a US vs Mexico issue.