May 29 2013
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This commentary appeared in Houston Chronicle on May 28, 2013.
When President Barack Obama traveled to Mexico recently, many rushed to conclude that security — the topic that has traditionally topped the U.S.-Mexico agenda — had been suddenly shoved aside by economic issues.
During their joint news conference, Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto touted their work on economic cooperation and commercial integration. Likewise, Obama's speech to the Mexican people and a joint statement from the two presidents stressed economic ties and shared opportunities while only briefly mentioning such difficult security issues as drugs, guns and crime. Headlines suggested that the economy will become the driving force behind future U.S.-Mexico relations.