Latinas on the Border

The Common Ground of Economic Displacements and Breakthroughs
  • Victor M. Ortiz


On April 19, 1990, celebrating the bountiful economic benefits of the maquiladora industry for the local business community, the mayor of El Paso proclaimed the city to be the “Maquila Capital of the World” (Baake 1990). “Maquila” is the colloquial term for maquiladoras, export-oriented assembly line plants that companies from the United States, Japan, and other industrialized countries have established in Mexico. These plants, located primarily along Mexico’s northern border region, take advantage of comparatively lower wages and other incentives offered by the Mexican government. The mayor’s proclamation referred to the high concentration of these production plants in Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican city immediately across the border from El Paso.


Small Business Gender Inequality Business Opportunity Garment Industry Displace Worker 
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