Mexico-US partners despite rhetoric, consul says

Bucio said that 16 million Mexicans visited the U.S. in 2015, spending more than $10 billion

Mexico’s role as a key partner to the United States shouldn’t be lost amid the nationalistic rhetoric of the Trump administration, Mexico’s consul general in El Paso told civic and business leaders this week.

“Mexico today is very strong economically,” said Consul General Marcos Bucio, explaining that the Mexican economy is now less dependent on oil and has weathered recent peso fluctuations. He added that reforms are being implemented to tackle crime and corruption.

People in the United States who live away from the border might not know the importance that Mexico plays in the U.S. economy, especially in Texas, Bucio said. More than 3 million jobs in Texas are linked to trade with Mexico, he said.

More than 60 local civic and business leaders heard Bucio give a presentation on economic data titled the “Strengths of Mexico” on Thursday at the Mexican Consulate in Downtown.

Mexico-U.S. relations have been strained since the election of President Donald Trump, who campaigned by calling some Mexican immigrants criminals, has proposed building a wall on the Mexican border and has called for renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The presentation of Mexico’s strengths was intended as “a message of optimism to end uncertainty,” Bucio said….