Day 31: In the Reflection of the United States




At the moment, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, faces the unwavering determination that an economic reactivation program will amount to no more than the expansion of existing social programs; and economic sector experts acknowledge that the only light at the end of a long, dark tunnel will be the United States. As the U.S. economy opens up and recovers, many Mexican companies will have a chance to survive and allow workers to keep their jobs.

Also, the consolidation of production chains between the two countries makes the return of many U.S. industries extremely complicated without established Mexican suppliers.

Monday, Pentagon Undersecretary for Procurement Ellen M. Lord told a news conference that the U.S. is lobbying Mexico to reopen certain manufacturing facilities that supply Defense Department contractors. “Particularly, we see a slowdown in the shipyards, to an extent. Aviation is actually the most highly impacted sector we have right now.” Pointing to Mexico, Lord announced the U.S. is already working with its embassy, lobbying for certain strategic suppliers to reopen.

Hours later, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau tweeted, “I am doing everything I can to save the supply chains between Mexico, the United States and Canada that have been created through the last decades. It is possible and essential to take care of workers’ health without destroying those chains. North American economic integration requires coordination.”

Landau did not specify whether he was addressing only Pentagon needs or those of other sectors, but it is clear that this has become a priority for his government. And it should also be for Mexico.

In the coming weeks, public health authorities will begin to plan a staggered return to Mexican economic and social activity. Economic sectors should be involved in this effort so early openings can be coordinated with the public health measures being taken by companies linked to the United States, all this in an effort to alleviate, to some extent, the coming disaster in employment and growth.

We can show off these companies in the morning, of course.

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I first edited and translated for Watching America from 2009 through 2011, recently returning and rediscovering the pleasure of working with dedicated translators and editors. Latin America is of special interest to me. In the mid-60’s, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile, and later lived for three years in Mexico, in the states of Oaxaca and Michoacán and in Mexico City. During those years, my work included interviewing in anthropology research, teaching at a bilingual school in the federal district, and conducting workshops in home nursing care for disadvantaged inner city women. I earned a BS degree from Wagner College, masters and doctoral degrees from WVU, and was a faculty member of the WVU School of Nursing for 27 years. In that position, I coordinated a two-year federal grant (FIPSE) at WVU for an exchange of nursing students with the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. Presently a retiree, I live in Morgantown, West Virginia, where I enjoy traditional Appalachian fiddling with friends. Working toward the mission of WA, to help those in the U.S. see ourselves as others see us, gives me a sense of purpose.

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