In case the accompanying graphic didn’t give it away already, I am in El Paso today following up on some pending research that needs to be completed here on the border. Although it is a quick trip, I hope I run into some of you today. I’ll be the one hanging out in Florida attire, aka shorts. Since today is Tuesday, I’ll stop by the city council chambers to get a personal vibe on the local city political scene.

I’ll also head out to Cd. Juárez for some information I need on a project I am working on.

While I am in the border region I want to eat some good food.

One of the things that Orlando lacks is good food. Don’t get me wrong, if you want fancy or special occasion dining, Orlando has it covered. However, for daily food, the eating is lackluster at best. It is not bad food, it just lacks pizzazz.

Orlando, as a tourist destination, serves a wide range of individuals and as result, the food is neutral, not too much flavor and not too much variation.

That is one thing the border region should be capitalizing on – its culinary expertise.

Don’t be surprised if you run into me at more than one restaurant. There is a reason I purposely make my appointments at restaurants.

Please don’t be shy about saying “hi” and introducing yourself. I know some of you personally from before and some of you I have not had the pleasure of meeting personally. I hope to put a face to some of your names.

A Few Notes About My Plans

As some of you have noticed I have been commenting more about national politics. Obviously the 2016 presidential race is driving this. More importantly for me, as an immigrant, I feel the upcoming presidential elections will center on the immigration debate.

There is much talk about the rising Hispanic/Latino vote and its possible impact on the elections. Additionally, immigration is an easy target for politicians because the uncomfortable fact is that immigrants are easy targets. We do not vote.

As such, that makes us easy targets.

I, for one, want to change that, so I am going to start spending more time correcting the distorted record about immigration.

However, fear not, those of you that want to continue to read about El Paso politics, not only is immigration front and center on the border but so are elections and local political incompetence.

I hope you continue to read my blog and I look forward to your comments, suggestions, corrections and hopefully I get to meet some of you today.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

One reply on “Hello El Paso”

  1. You’re going about it all wrong.

    Immigrants, legal or otherwise, are going to where the jobs are, i.e. Houston, Dallas etc.

    I doubt most immigrants that enter through Mexico are necessarily from northern Mexican border towns.



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