I am writing in regard to the op-ed “Follow the money - to Mexico” (Nov 3rd, 2011) by Michael Weinstein. I believe it is highly unfortunate that the author belittles the virtues of dialogue and interaction between countries that are not only neighbors, but partners and friends.
Any intention expressed by lawmakers on either side of the border to meet with their counterparts at the state level to discuss issues of common interest should be welcomed. In fact, the desire to engage in a frank exchange of views is a testament to the maturity of our bilateral relationship, which encompasses a wide array of exchanges among business leaders, civil society actors and individuals from all walks of life.
To claim that any such interaction in the past or future is motivated by a desire of Mexico to promote remittances, over-simplifies the complexity not only of the immigration phenomenon, but of the many ties that bind our two countries together. For instance, according to the International Trade Administration, Mexico is Arizona’s first trading partner and therefore a co-stakeholder in our shared prosperity. In the first half of 2011, Mexico bought 2.9 billion dollars from Arizona, which amounts to a third of the states’ exports.
Ultimately, our two nations have an interest in finding common solutions to shared challenges, and the only way to achieve that is precisely through a sensible, respectful and continued dialogue.
Victor M. Treviño
Consul General of Mexico