Daily Border Bulletin- Dallas attracts $119 millions from foreign investors; Mexican crew fights wildfires in Texas; Cross-border trucking program should continue

A federal program that grants permanent residency to foreign citizens who invest more than half a million dollars and create more than 10 jobs, has proven successful in Dallas where 2,380 jobs were created in exchange of 238 HB-5 visas in the last 30 months. A team of 32 Mexicans, known  as “Los Diablos,” arrived at Guadalupe Mountains National Park in western Texas to fight the wildfire that started on May 26 and burned 171 acres before it was contained with the help of the Mexican crew. An op-ed published on San Antonio Express-News criticizes comments made by an official from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration who said that the cross-border trucking program that started last fall might not continue because of low participation by Mexican carriers.

Dallas attracts $119 millions from foreign investors- A federal program that grants permanent residency to foreign citizens who invest more than half a million dollars and create more than 10 jobs, has proven successful in Dallas where 2,380 jobs were created in exchange of 238 HB-5 visas in the last 30 months. On the national level, 2,101 green cards have been granted so far in 2012.
The majority of the foreign investors come from China and Mexico. “In most cases, they are not foreigners eager to buy their permanent residence, but investors who really want to make money.”

Mexican crew fights wildfires in Texas- A team of 32 Mexicans, known  as “Los Diablos,” arrived at Guadalupe Mountains National Park in western Texas to fight the wildfire that started on May 26 and burned 171 acres before it was contained with the help of the Mexican crew.
“Thanks to a joint cooperative effort between the National Park Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Border Patrol and Mexico, the firefighters have provided assistance and emergency fire services at Big Bend National Park and throughout the United States since 1990.”

Cross-border trucking program should continue- An op-ed published on San Antonio Express-News criticizes comments made by an official from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration who said that the cross-border trucking program that started last fall might not continue because of low participation by Mexican carriers.

“The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has failed to look at the program from the point of view of Mexican trucking company owners. Mexican carriers would like the chance to make U.S. deliveries, but they would have to invest in the process of applying for U.S. authority, submitting to inspections, training and licensing drivers, acquiring insurance and, perhaps, upgrading their fleets.
That’s fine, but the Mexican truck company owners did this already in 1995 before the U.S. government nixed the border opening as scheduled by NAFTA. The owners invested again as the 2007 pilot program took off, only to see it end abruptly in 2009. Who could blame them for being hesitant under the new program that began last fall?
That’s why only 33 Mexican trucks have crossed the border zone under the new program as of two weeks ago.”

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About tanialara

Tania Lara has a vast experience working as a journalist in Mexico and the U.S. reporting in-depth about the economic contributions and realities of Mexican immigrants. This summer, she will be covering border issues and elections for the 21st Century Border Initiative blog. Her stories about complex cross border matters have been published in Spanish-language media outlets including CNN México, Expansión, and ¡Ahora Sí!, as well as the English-language newspaper The Austin American-Statesman.
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