Mexico’s newly-appointed ambassador to the United States is eager to assume his new position in early May and direct the government’s response to developments in the election race for U.S. president.
“Mexico,” says the ambassador, “won’t be used as a punching bag for the interests of anyone in the United States.”
Appointed by the Enrique Peña Nieto administration and ratified with a smooth process by the U.S. Senate, Carlos Sada can’t hide his happiness after obtaining the approval of the U.S. Department of State in a record-breaking eight days.
Highly experienced in the intricacies of North American diplomacy — 21 years in the United States and four in Canada, Sada is ready to to defend Mexican interests in the face of the anti-immigrant discourse of Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump.
Sada said statements about Mexican immigrants will be countered with hard facts — and in collaboration with the Foreign Affairs Secretariat — about the economic contributions of Mexicans living in the U.S. He expects the strategy will strengthen the friendship between the two countries.
There are 35 million Mexicans in the U.S., said Sada, “of whom 23 million are also U.S. citizens, 6 million are legal residents, and the remaining 6 million do find themselves in a position of vulnerability” due to their illegal status.
To counter the stereotype of the Mexican drug trafficker or criminal as promoted by Trump, Sada will seek to “shift the debate by highlighting the contributions of Mexicans,” an effort that will not only involve the government but other players in both countries.
One such contributions is the integration of the two economies: “for every dollar that Mexico exports to any part of the world, 40% of it stems from the integration with the U.S., as that percentage comes from U.S. products assembled here. Many products come and go six or seven times from one side of the border to the other.”
The economic benefits of the relationship are not one-sided, continued Sada, adding that “U.S. exports to Mexico create more than 6 million jobs there, with new opportunities emerging all the time because of what is happening in Mexico and because of foreign direct investment.”
“We must offer a cohesive rebuttal” to statements like those made by Trump, instead of “just reacting to the moment’s circumstances, as Mexico has done in the past when attacked by U.S politicians during the electoral process, most of the time to their own benefit and without any consequence . . . we have not been able to respond adequately.”
He said Mexico’s new strategy is a public relations endeavor to engage the American government and civil society in order to improve Mexico’s image in the U.S.
Source: El Universal