Friday, June 11, 2004

Border Patrol Uniforms - Hecho en Mexico

Hat tip: Boats at Bosun's Call

Some US Border Patrol agents are a bit miffed that their uniforms are being manufactured South-of-the-border.

"US Customs and Border Protection officials explained they are trying to get as much as they can for the dollar in contracting with a company that is allowed to subcontract work outside the United States.

The move comes amid a national debate over the outsourcing of US jobs to foreign countries, which is expected to grow more intense as the presidential race shifts into higher gear."

On one hand, with budget restraints and creating jobs in Mexico offering more reasons for Mexican workers to not take the deadly trek across the border this Summer - Hecho en Mexico is not shameful. On the other hand, US manufacturing is only at about 80% of capacity. Those jobs could come in pretty handy at home. The job market has improved greatly in the US, but we're not in tall cotton yet.

I was going to say, I lean toward "Made in USA" on this one, but with people crossing the Sonoran desert in 110 degree weather - and dying - creating more opportunities in Mexico seems a small price to pay.


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