Why Mexico: Separating Fact from Fiction
Strong US-Mexico ties—a growing reality over the last 25 years—are now at risk. Returning to the days of mistrust and minimal cooperation will endanger US jobs and make our border less secure. Pulling back the diplomatic, intelligence, narcotics, security and immigration cooperation that expanded over nearly three decades would have very negative consequences for the United States.
Mexico is an indispensable ally. Its efforts in drug interdiction, its votes with the US at the UN, and its anti-terrorist cooperation are invaluable. Intelligence sharing between our respective security agencies has neutralized many threats before reaching our border. And at the United States urging, Mexico successfully stops thousands of Central American migrants on its southern Guatemalan border who are headed to the United States.
Without trade between the United States and Mexico, nearly 5 million Americans would be out of work. Mexico is the first or second trading partner of 29 US states; communities would be threatened by an unnecessary rupture with Mexico. Recognizing how crucial US-Mexico relations are to the United States, the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center launched the #WhyMexico initiative, a broad effort that includes events and social media campaigns.
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In the Media
Have NAFTA Talks Reached a Breaking Point?
By Jason Marczak. In a Q&A with Forbes, Jason Marczak breaks down the key sticking points in NAFTA renegotiations and gives his prognosis for the talks.
From Immigration to Opioids, Mexico Is a Partner in US National Security
By Katherine Pereira. A North America without NAFTA is a very different continent, one that we hope remains a hypothetical and not a reality. We are stronger and safer when we work together.
The U.S. Can't Afford More NAFTA Intransigence
By Jason Marczak. For the sake of our lynchpin industries and the millions of Americans they employ, tough NAFTA compromises on key sticking points must come sooner rather than later.
Strict 'America First' Stance on NAFTA Could Put Us Last
By Jason Marczak. As negotiating teams prepare for the next round, they'd do well to keep in mind both how much we stand to gain, and how much we stand to lose.
Look South: The Real Mexico Story
By Jason Marczak. Earlier this month, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker spent a week in Mexico. Why Mexico? After all, the border is about 1,500 miles from his home state.
North American Energy Trade: NAFTA is Key to Closing the Trade Gap
By Paula Stern. Introducing energy into a renegotiated NAFTA would help to ensure the competitiveness of North American energy supplies on the world market.
Why Americans should worry about a backlash in Mexico against President Trump
By Peter Schechter. No Mexican president can resist domestic political pressures to retaliate against constant attacks. And that could cost us.
Money is flowing over the U.S.-Mexico border, but it’s going north
By Andrew Selee. Mexican investors have started pouring billions of dollars into the U.S. economy.