Ok, ok, it is not the same thing as other border communities but this story in the Commercial Appeal out of Memphis, Tennessee reminds us in their title that Memphis builds ties with Mexico despite dangers:
Violent drug cartels gaining power but ‘business goes on,’ leaders say.
Tom Kaden says he had just sat down for a business meeting at an upscale restaurant in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, when a man walked up to a customer eating dinner a few feet away and shot him in the back of the head.
That drug-related killing was several years ago and since then, thousands more have died in Mexico’s narco wars.
Yet Kaden, a representative of Memphis-based Mallory Alexander Logistics, continues to visit Mexico as he helps move goods in and out of the country.
“Business goes on, quite frankly, and you just navigate around those security risks and minimize your risk to its lowest possible level,” he said.
Memphis leaders are taking a similar approach. They’re deepening ties with Mexico, despite a wave of violence that has seen drug cartels gain power and begin preying on people not involved in the drug trade.
Business leaders may have to take more precautions in these uncertain times but we all have friends or relatives or know of people that still cross the border for a business meeting or just going to work, every day.