“With his frequent refrains about Mexicans and the need for a wall to contain them, it’s no surprise that President Trump has made few friends in Mexico,” the New York Times is reporting.
Yet here in the capital of Jalisco State, sometimes referred to as Mexico’s Silicon Valley, people are practically celebrating him.
“’He’s helping us a lot!’ Gov. Aristóteles Sandoval exclaimed. ‘He’s put us on the world’s agenda.’
“As part of Mr. Trump’s efforts to push an America-first philosophy, he has vowed to restrict the availability of special visas that are widely used by technology companies to hire talent from around the world.
“Mr. Trump’s plans, combined with an American political climate that has left many immigrants feeling less welcome, has cast a pall of uncertainty over the American tech industry, which relies heavily on highly skilled workers from abroad.
But while entrepreneurs and executives in the United States are fretting, other countries — including Mexico, Canada and China — are salivating over the Trump administration’s rumblings.
“Silicon Valley’s loss, they say, could be their gain. In recent months, foreign governments and tech industry leaders have sought to capitalize on the uncertainty in Silicon Valley.
They are stepping up their efforts to attract engineers and entrepreneurs who might rely on the special American visa program, known as H-1B, to work or to run businesses in the United States.
“’It’s an exciting time,’ said Brad Duguid, the minister of economic development in Ontario, where the capital, Toronto, is one of Canada’s biggest tech hubs. ‘And while it’s unfortunate that the U.S. is looking more internally, far be it from us not to take advantage of that.”
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