Magazine article The Futurist

The United States and Mexico: Will the Neighbors Become Partners?

Magazine article The Futurist

The United States and Mexico: Will the Neighbors Become Partners?

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The United States and Mexico have mutual concerns about a number of key issues, including drugs, immigration, labor, and trade.

The increase in Mexican narcotrafficking threatens the country's internal authority, and also poses a direct threat to the United States. By one estimate, more than two-thirds of the cocaine and marijuana that reaches the United States comes through Mexico. The United States contributes to Mexico's problems by failing to curb U.S. drug addiction. Currently, most addicts go untreated and often enter the drug trade to feed their habit.

Legal and illegal immigration of Mexicans into the United States has strained relations between the two countries for decades. In author Mazarr's most-hopeful scenario ("Democratic Mexico"), economic progress in Mexico improves significantly by 2005, creating a ripple effect throughout the society, politics, and foreign relations.

But Mazarr poses a darker scenario: What if Mexico cannot provide the 1 million jobs it requires annually to bring its younger people into the work force? The results could be dismal for both Mexico and the United States, with thousands more young Mexicans fleeing to the United States in search of jobs than in previous years. …

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