Op-ed: Small business help lacking in Mexico

Lisa Falkenberg, The Houston Chronicle, 3/30/2009

It’s the kind of story that gives you hope for our troubled neighbor to the south.

Mexican immigrants driven back home by America’s economic recession seem to be taking a part of America with them: entrepreneurial spirit.

As the Chronicle’s James Pinkerton reported in his recent series, some of the immigrants are using their U.S. earnings to start small businesses in their own country, from tequila distilleries to dairy cooperatives.

Increasing economic development aid to Mexico is a difficult concept. Mexico would almost certainly demand control over how the money is spent. And the idea isn’t politically popular here. Many wonder why we should fund new jobs in Mexico, when we need more jobs here. The answer is increasingly clear. Mexico’s fate is entwined with our own.

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