Violence Driving Juarez Businesses to El Paso

POSTED: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 5:34pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 6:32pm

EL PASO - Lunchtime at Taqueria Paly is no longer a dangerous proposition.

The greasy fried flautas not bullets are the only potential health hazard now that the popular restaurant moved its primary location from Juarez to El Paso 5 months ago.

And its customers couldn't be happier.

"It's just safer,"  Shady Rodriguez said.  "Same price so its really good and its better for El Paso.  More business, more attractions."

More and more businesses have fled Juarez in favor of El Paso since the drug violence began to escalate in 2008.

" A lot of the businesses are moving here," Luis Gonzalez said.  "Many businesses from Juarez have been coming over in the last probably 2 and a half years."

Gabriel Cereceres, the owner of Taqueria Paly, says he tried to protect his family business in Juarez by hiring more security guards and closing early but the danger just kept getting worse.

And when his uncle was kidnapped for ransom last year, that was the last straw.

Still he says the extortion threats he received were common occurence for every business owner in Juarez.


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I really think it's sad when people from El Paso just run their mouths without thinking or knowing how the world works. All these people moving their businesses are legal, there's no way they'd be able to open their doors otherwise. They are creating jobs and creating economic growth and tax revenues in El Paso. Why do you think El Paso has managed to weather the recession fairly well? It's definitely not thanks to manufacturing or anything else. It's due to small businesses such as Paly.

You know, I do feel bad for these people who make an honest living but I don' think coming to El Paso is the answer. El Paso has always been a crutch for many Juarenos. In lieu of holding their government accountable, they come here. I don' have a problem with people coming to America LEGALLY but, how much of that money from those businesses does the City benefit from? Another thing: El Paso is always at the top of the "FATTEST CITIES" list. I guess now it will be on there permanently.

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