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Stubborn Facts

Stubborn Facts is a campaign that seeks to engage academics, policymakers and the general public in an ongoing dialogue around key U.S.-Mexico policy issues. The project focuses on trade and migration because we believe that policy decisions affecting these two issues at the core of our relationship with Mexico must be evidence-based.

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Exports to Mexico by state

We have created a new online data visualization site to provide even more information on exports to Mexico by state. We will be adding new data each month. 

 Dear GPS Communications, I am excited to share the launch of our Stubborn Facts project with you. The renewed attention brought to the U.S.-Mexico relationship by the Trump administration has been accompanied by a proliferation of alternative facts and misconceptions. To support a constructive public discourse, we are working to disseminate the existing wealth of knowledge on the bilateral relationship to a broad audience, both inside and outside our community. In addition, we have created a new online data visualization site to provide even more information on exports to Mexico by state. We will be adding new data each month. And finally, we are sharing with you the top five items we are reading and discussing here at the center. We've provide a quick synopsis and link to the article or site so that you to can join in on the conversation. We encourage you to share our Stubborn Facts, data visualizations and reading recommendations to help us build a fact-based dialogue around the bilateral relationship. Also be sure to view nine videos comprising panel discussions on our February conference on the future of the North American economic partnership. To stay up to date on all of our news and conferences, visit our webpage and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. I hope to see you soon at one of our events! Un abrazo, MelissaFloca Melissa Floca USMEX Interim Director Stubborn Facts Stubborn Facts is a campaign that seeks to engage academics, policymakers and the general public in an ongoing dialogue around key U.S.-Mexico policy issues. The project will focus on trade and migration because we believe that policy decisions affecting these two issues at the core of our relationship with Mexico must be evidence-based. Visit our new page to learn more >> Exports to Mexico by State


Recommended Reading

We are sharing with you the top five items we are reading and discussing here at the center. We've provide a quick synopsis and link to the article or site so that you to can join in on the conversation.

  1. Where are we now?: Early this month, news swirled about a draft letter from the U.S. Trade Representative to Congress laying out goals for renegotiating NAFTA. Politico's Michael Grunwald tries to read the tea leaves on the administration's intentions and suggests that NAFTA talks could easily turn into Trumpcare 2.0. Read here >>
  2. NAFTA explained: This great series of podcasts by Marketplace explores NAFTA vis-à-vis cars, corn, baseball and margaritas, as well as what people get wrong when they talk about NAFTA. Read here >>
  3. Barking up the wrong tree: In this discussion forum, eight renowned thinkers dissect the "worst myth" about globalization--the job losses that accompanied it were impossible to avoid. These thought pieces weigh the policy choices that directly shaped the effect of globalization on local economies and dictated the winners and losers from international trade. Read here >>
  4. Made in North America: The Wilson Center's brilliant study outlines how Mexico and the U.S. combine their comparative advantages and supply chains to build things together. This piece goes behind the scenes of trade balances to explain how the two countries work together to increase the region's global competitiveness. Read here >>
  5. Required reading: The Council on Foreign Relations wrote an excellent backgrounder on NAFTA's impact on the North American economy, tracing the arc of the agreement from initial negotiations in 1991 to the present. The balanced analysis highlights how critics have blamed the agreement for job losses and wage stagnation, while supporters have touted the benefits of integration in terms of regional competitiveness and productivity. Read here >>