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>> Mexico is selling the American dream south of the US border. And its capitalizing on the Trump Administration's hardline anti-immigration stance to lure global tech talent. In Guadalajara, the heart of Mexico's Silicon Valley, which has been home to big US tech companies for many years, an injection of startups is giving the city a new boost.
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Cindy Blanco launch StartupGDL to attract young high-growth tech startups to the region.>> Nowadays, we have 60 startups in our pipeline. Most of them are coming from United States from places like Austin or Silicon Valley.>> Reuters tech reporter Salvador Rodriguez.>> Every year, Guadalajara through the universities and the State of Jalisco produces 7 to 8,000 engineers.
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So there's a lot of talent there. But besides that, Guadalajara offers direct flights to the Bay area, New York and other tech centers here in the US. It's only two hours ahead of California.>> It's not just small startups coming to Mexico. Since the beginning of this year, Amazon opened a new engineering office in Mexico City, and Facebook has partnered with local tech groups to develop young talent.
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>> What makes Mexico unique is that already within the US there's 900,000 undocumented immigrants, who are working and going to school legally. They're known as Dreamers, and among them, 600,000 of them are of Mexican origin. So if that program isn't renewed, or if there isn't legislation that allows them to continue to stay in the US legally, Mexico stands to greatly benefit.
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>> And San Francisco startup Wise Light is one of many tech companies eyeing those Dreamer,s as well as Guadalajara, where it set up an office to recruit workers from around the world. Some arriving just after a month after graduating from college, thanks to the fast work permit process.
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Zihad Mohammed from Egypt avoided the US altogether.>> It's the idea of, like, you having to go through the whole interview process and then you might wait even up to a year in some cases. This will definitely result of a lot of people trying to consider Mexico as another option.