My decision to travel to Tijuana with 19 other investors, leaders and entrepreneurs from Mexico and the United States on the #TJTechTour was met by my friends and family with bewilderment and concern. Tijuana may never be the epicenter of software and technology innovation that Silicon Valley is, nor does it purport to be.
The SpaceX decision to build a launch facility near Brownsville will, eventually, be considered a historical moment that began the transformation of the Rio Grande Valley. However, SpaceX is only the most high-profile development in a series of investments being made in this 120-mile stretch of the Texas-Mexico border.
The scenes of children crossing our borders and arriving to this country have touched me no less than the scene I experienced on the sonogram. Now we are a nation sitting next to a metaphorical sonogram machine and staring at the screen. The concerns that I had are no different from the concerns that many in this country have.
Boehner has gone from confidently touting his and his fellow House Republicans' upcoming leadership on the issue of immigration, to now doing nothing more than groveling for Obama to solve the problem using his executive authority -- which is an ironic enough stance for a Republican to take, these days.
U.S. foreign policy and economic aid to Central American countries, perhaps, instead of pumping billions into Mideast imbroglios, is likely to ease the flow of refugees toward Texas. But no answer is workable until politicians in Washington and Austin realize the Rio Grande Valley is not a battlefield.