Texas Hispanic business owners to national leaders: Stop playing politics at border


2-SALLY:HISPANIC ENTREPRENEURS IN TEXAS HAVE A MESSAGE FOR NATIONAL LEADERS — STOP PLAYING POLITICS AT THE BORDER. 2-JOHN:THAT MESSAGE COMES AS TALK OF TARIFFS AND TRADE WITH MEXICO DRIVES NATIONAL DEBATE. CHRIS DAVIS JOINS US NOW.. CHRIS, ANY CHANGE IN POLICY COULD HAVE A BIG EFFECT HERE. CHRIS:MEXICO IS THE STATE’S LARGEST TRADING PARTNER.AND HISPANIC ENTREPRENEURS HERE DON’T WANT TO THREATEN THAT RELATIONSHIP.MANY BUSINESS OWNERS FROM AROUND THE STATE ARE IN SAN MARCOS STARTING TODAY.. FOR THE 44TH HISPANIC BUSINESS CONVENTION OF TEXAS. J.R. GONZALES: “TRADITIONALLY A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK OF MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES AS LANDSCAPERS, PAINTERS, AND CONSTRUCTION WORKERS. WE HAVE THOSE, BUT WE ALSO HAVE COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS, WE HAVE ATTORNEYS, WE HAVE DOCTORS, WE HAVE ELECTED OFFICIALS, WE HAVE JUDGES.”THAT’S J-R GONZALES.. A LEADER OF THE TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF MEXICAN- AMERICAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE. THE ORGANIZATION RUNS THE THREE-DAY CONFERENCE.. AND REPRESENTS 700-THOUSAND HISPANIC-OWNED BUSINESSES. GONZALES SAYS JUST STARTING A BUSINESS IS A RISK.AND UNCERTAINTY AROUND TRADE CAN MAKE IT MORE RISKY.J.R. GONZALES: “AND IF WE WERE TO ADD TARIFFS, IF WE WERE TO SHUT THE BORDER, IF WE WERE TO ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING ADVERSE TO OUR NEIGHBOR IN THE SOUTH, IT WOULD LITERALLY AFFECT MILLIONS OF JOBS IN THE U.S.”CHRIS:THAT SAID, GONZALES TELLS US.. HISPANIC BUSINESS OWNERS IN TEXAS ARE SURVIVORS. HE EXPECTS THEM TO CONTINUE THRIVING AS THE STATE’S HISPANIC POPULATION GROWS.BACK




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  1. what is more important? your taco stand getting less business or hundreds of thousands of invaders breaking into our country?

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