El Paso, Texas - Mexico will work with the next U.S. president to continue strengthening the nations' bilateral relationship, said Marcos Bucio, consul general of Mexico in El Paso.
"We will absolutely work with whomever wins the election to strengthen the economies of both countries and contribute to the United States continuing as the world's leading power," he said last week during a report to the news media on his first 100 days leading the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso.
The consulate at 910 E San Antonio Ave. provides the Mexican community with several services within its jurisdiction, which covers El Paso and Hudspeth counties in Texas, as well as nine counties in New Mexico, including Doña Ana, Luna and Otero.
Bucio, a politician, writer and analyst, took office in mid-June after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto endorsed him for the position in March.
During his presentation, Bucio highlighted the work that the consulate has made to promote the economic development of the Juárez, El Paso and Las Cruces region.
He said that about $250 million in trade and goods moves daily between Juárez and El Paso. And all along the US-Mexican border, that bilateral commerce added up to $320 billion in 2015, he added.
"This shows how important our economies are," he said. Despite that, he said, there is still a lack of awareness about the border.
And it is at the border where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump plans to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it if he is elected president - a topic mentioned during last Wednesday's debate between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Bucio said the Mexican government respects the upcoming November 8 presidential election, as well as the candidates' points of view on immigration and trade.
"We are convinced of the knowledge of the U.S. voters and the country’s solid democracy, which is an example for the rest of the world," Bucio said. "Americans are well-informed and will act on facts of the benefits of integration to continue making the United States a strong world leader."
He said that U.S. exports to Mexico are greater than its exports to China and Japan combined. Trade between the U.S. and Mexico reached a historic record of $534 billion in 2014, he added.
Bucio said that Texas' exports to Mexico have risen almost 365 percent since the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect in 1994.
Now, Texas is the leading U.S. state exporter to Mexico. In 2015, Texas exported $94.5 million in goods to Mexico, he said.
Bucio also said that Mexican immigrants, including undocumented ones, generate $240 billion for the U.S. economy and pay $90 billion in taxes each year.
"Mexico has been a good partner (to the U.S.) and will continue to be one," he said.Original article