“The US-Mexico Chamber Of Commerce”


I see on Twitter that the Mexican Ambassador To The United States, Arturo Sarukhan, says

Arturo_Sarukhan Mexico`s Labor Secretary Javier Lozano is being honoured today by the US Chamber of Commerce

Of course, my first thought was that from the point of view of the Mexican Ambassador, that is so much the better for the Mexican Labor Secretary. From the point of view of Americans, it`s so much the worse for the Chamber of Commerce, a major player in “cheap labor” lobbying.

But the Ambassador has it slightly wrong–Secretary Lozano is not being honored by the US Chamber of Commerce, but by the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce (C??mara de Comercio M?©xico-Estados Unidos), a binational body for promoting that is having an expensive conference in Washington today. Here are some samples of their schedule:

�Labor Mobility & Immigration Reform�

Moderator: Eric Rojo, Security Programs Coordinator, CEDAN

(Centro de Estudios y Desarrollo de America del Norte) ITESM.

– Clarissa Martinez De Castro, Director, Immigration and National Campaigns, National Council of la Raza

– Esther Olavarria, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security

- Demetrios G. Papademetriou, President, Migration Policy Institute

– Juan Hernandez, President, Hispana – The Organization for Hispanic Advancemen

– Alejandra Ocadiz, Director, Office for the Attention of Migrants, Government of the State of Nuevo Leon

They are also having panels on â€?Transportation, Infrastructure & Energy in North Americaâ€?–which means Mexican trucks and the NAFTA Superhighway, and â€?U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperationâ€?Beyond the Merida Initiative” which means not building a border fence. One of the panelists at the last one is Luis Alvarez, DHS Acting Director for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Obama Administration.