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Mexican Ambassador To The U.S. Speaks In San Antonio On Border Issues

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Louisa Jonas
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Texas Public Radio

Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S., Geronimo Gutierrez, spoke in San Antonio Wednesday about border issues.

 

He praised San Antonio for being what he called “extremely active” during NAFTA negations two decades ago. He did say, though, that he wishes he’d heard more from the state of Texas about the importance of its relationship with Mexico in recent years.

“San Antonio right now is called upon to be a vocal voice in favor of NAFTA,” Gutierrez says. “It’s called upon to be a vocal voice in Texas and the U.S. in favor of free trade. I say this with respect but also I think very consciously that the San Antonio of today could hardly be understood without the North American Free Trade Agreement in many different ways.”

In regards to immigration, Gutierrez says the Mexican government is disappointed that Senate Bill 4 passed, the Texas legislation that bans sanctuary cities.  

“We’re concerned for two specific reasons,” says. “One, the possibility that that can be conducive to racial profiling. That is a concern of the Mexican government. And the second one is misuse by authority. And unfortunately there are cases like that.”

Gutierrez stressed the Mexican government is not insisting on legality and respects enforcing the law. 

Louisa Jonas is an independent public radio producer, environmental writer, and radio production teacher based in Baltimore. She is thrilled to have been a PRX STEM Story Project recipient for which she produced a piece about periodical cicadas. Her work includes documentaries about spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds aired on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. Louisa previously worked as the podcast producer at WYPR 88.1FM in Baltimore. There she created and produced two documentary podcast series: Natural Maryland and Ascending: Baltimore School for the Arts. The Nature Conservancy selected her documentaries for their podcast Nature Stories. She has also produced for the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Distillations Podcast. Louisa is editor of the book Backyard Carolina: Two Decades of Public Radio Commentary. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her training also includes journalism fellowships from the Science Literacy Project and the Knight Digital Media Center, both in Berkeley, CA. Most recently she received a journalism fellowship through Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she traveled to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska to study climate change. In addition to her work as an independent producer, she teaches radio production classes at Howard Community College to a great group of budding journalists. She has worked as an environmental educator and canoe instructor but has yet to convince a great blue heron to squawk for her microphone…she remains undeterred.