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May
08

Mexico is getting a bad rap.

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There will be quite a lot of good, high paying work in diplomatic construction and support coming up in the next few months and years in Mexico.

Mexico is getting pummeled in the mainstream media. Listen to an El Paso radio station and you’ll hear comments about Ciudad Juarez (just across the Rio Grande from El Paso) being the “Wild West” and a place to “send felons” for punishment instead of prison. Read newspapers or watch newscasts from US border towns and you’ll get the impression that entering Mexico is a death sentence. Those that broadcast or print such drivel are doing a great dis-service to the honest, hardworking people of Mexico that are struggling with a bad world economy plus the added burden of poor news writing from across the border.

In my 27 months in Juarez, I never encountered any problems of the sort the newsies on the north side of the border expound upon with gusto. Any major city has places where one should not go and Juarez is no exception. However, it would be ridiculous to turn down a job there just out of fear. It is a decent place to live and work as long as one does not go looking for trouble.

Tijuana is gaining a reputation as a trouble spot too. But, as with Juarez (and, again, any major city in the world) it has it’s good areas and bad areas.

If you are offered a job in either city, or in any city in Mexico, perform a good web search about the area, go to the CIA website at cia.gov, and stratfor.com, collect some real intel, then decide based on facts, not just what the sensationalists in the mainstream media tell you. 

Greg


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