A border fence will hurt the economic relationship of Mexico and U.S.

Photo: Guillermo Arias
Photo: Guillermo Arias

Voxxi, 5/13/2013

Mexico is the United States’ third largest trading partner, after Canada and China, in terms of total trade in goods, while the U.S. is Mexico’s largest trading partner. As such, the economic ties of the U.S. and Mexico are significantly important to the economy and society in both countries.

Further, the U.S.-Mexico border is not a static line drawn on a map, but a dynamic and ever-evolving place along which substantial daily interaction takes place. Yet the resounding refrain we repeatedly hear from some members of Congress is that building a 1,969-mile fence to separate us from one of our largest economic partners, and the eleventh largest economy in the world, is a key component to solving the issues presented by an outdated immigration system and a requirement that must be completed before moving forward with proposed immigration reforms. To be clear, there is a need for secure borders, but there is also a need for further streamlining and efficiently facilitating the daily cross-border flows of people, goods and services important to the bi-national economic relationship of the United States and Mexico — an economic relationship the following facts highlight.

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Time to review trade relations with Mexico

mexico-usa-flag-montageSan Francisco Chronicle, 3/12/2013

Since Enrique Pena Nieto’s election, the Mexican president has focused on economic growth and fighting poverty. The new Mexican administration should focus on out-competing China and other lower-cost manufacturers. The higher price of fuel has meant that goods from Asia are more expensive to ship, providing a further incentive for North American companies to source products from Mexico.

As we begin the 20th year of the North American Free Trade Agreement among Canada, the United States and Mexico, it is a good time to reflect on the seminal trade pact and how to encourage integration and foster economic growth.

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Study Reveals Changes Among Second-Generation Hispanics

New York Times, 5/28/2009

Jose, the No. 1 Hispanic name for newborns in the United States, has been declining in popularity for years, and here is one possible reason: The American-born children of parents who arrived in the vast immigrant tide from Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America since 1980 now constitute a majority of Hispanic youngsters in the United States.

“This is the future,” said Jeffrey S. Passel, senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center. “The second generation historically has been the generation that becomes American, that integrates.”

A Pew center study released Thursday revealed a profound change in the younger Hispanic population compared with 1980, before the latest influx.

This second generation of Hispanics — the American-born children of at least one Hispanic immigrant parent — now accounts for 52 percent of the nation’s 16 million Hispanic children, according to the study. Over all, more than 9 in 10 Hispanic children living in the United States were born here, and that proportion has been growing.

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Hispanic enrollment in schools, colleges rising

students-workingThe Associated Press, 3/5/2009

Roughly one-fourth of the nation’s kindergartners are Hispanic, evidence of an accelerating trend that now will see minority children become the majority by 2023.

Census data released Thursday also showed that Hispanics make up about one-fifth of all K-12 students. Hispanics’ growth and changes in the youth population are certain to influence political debate, from jobs and immigration to the No Child Left Behind education, for years.

The ethnic shifts in school enrollment are most evident in the West. States such as Arizona, California and Nevada are seeing an influx of Hispanics due to immigration and higher birth rates.

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Editorial: NAFTA Turns 15: Bravo!

Latin American Business Chronicle, 1/2/2009

Clinton signing NAFTA
Clinton signing NAFTA

As Americans and Mexicans celebrated the start of a new year yesterday, they had reason to celebrate another milestone as well: The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) turned 15.

Despite the slowdown in both the U.S. and Mexican economies, trade between the two nations was expected to set a new record last year. In the first half of 2008, U.S.-Mexico trade grew by 9.6 percent to $183.7 billion. That follows a record $347 billion in trade in 2007. Compare that to the $81.5 billion in total two-way trade in 1993, the last year before NAFTA was implemented.

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Census portrays more of a melting pot in Southern California

Los Angeles Times, 12/9/2008

The integration of Southern California’s suburban communities continued apace into the second half of the decade, driven by steadily growing numbers of Latinos and Asians moving into middle-class neighborhoods, according to detailed census data released Monday.

Overall, the white population in the five-county region appears to have leveled off after a notable decline in the 1990s. Other groups continued to expand across the region, with the Asian population seeing the greatest increase. But Latinos are by far the largest ethnic group, totaling 7.7 million, compared with about 6.3 million non-Latino whites and 2 million Asians.

The numbers suggest the economic boom and robust housing market that peaked in late 2006 lifted many boats, helping change the ethnic complexion of cities across the income spectrum.

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