Sunday, November 25, 2012


"Since 2009, the city of Dallas has been pursuing an investment program, known as the EB-5 visa program, under which foreign grant applicants get permanent residency in exchange for investments of $500,000 and the creation of at least 10 jobs. Businessman Mario Ramírez makes several trips a year to Mexico City to host dinners with potential investors and talk up the EB-5 program."

Source:  Dallas Morning News

Brownsville is a logical place for Mexican nationals to invest in new businesses.  BUT, Brownsville has no modern job training programs (robotics), quality schools, or leaders with vision.  St. Joes is the first Catholic high school I have ever known to be a complete and total joke.  When I grew up to get into the Catholic high school you had to bust your chops and pass very difficult entrance exams.  St. Joes only admission policy is - cash for diplomas.  Yes, a lot of very smart and successful people attend St. Joes and go on to do good things - Tony Garza for one.  BUT they also graduate far too many people based on nothing more than their parents' paid for the diploma.

This visa program could be a great thing for Brownsville - if we only had a university, community college, local school district, or private schools which celebrate competence.  Could you imagine these wealthy Mexicans investing in robotic manufacturing in Brownsville, while aligning with the low tech factories in Matamoros where robotics are not an option.  Brownsville would have a manufacturing boom.

BUT NO - Brownsville's rising from the dead will come from your children serving cocktails to visitors - How sad this is the only vision Tony Martinez has  for Brownsville and your children.

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