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POSTED: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 4:21pm

UPDATED: Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 9:38am

EL PASO - While the violence in Mexico might be keeping some tourists and conventions away, it's forcing many people to relocate, bringing their businesses to El Paso.

In the 17 years that Eliceo Padilla has been in business, he's seen his fair share of shops closing. But since the violence erupted in Juarez, he now says his home is becoming a ghost town and he has no choice but to venture across the border.

"I think that we need to adapt, Juarez is declining, but here it is growing," Padilla said, speaking of the drop in business in Juarez, but the boom here.

"Because of the violence, so many people are suffering there," Padilla said. He first thought of relocating his company, Multigrafics, a year and a half ago.

"There are different rules only, but doing business is more or less the same," he said about the transition.

Right now, though, his headquarters are in Juarez, surrounded by security gates. He soon plans to make his south central El Paso location his hub.

"If you know your business, if you know your community, if you know the possibilities that you have, then there is no big issue," he said.

And he's not the only one taking the leap. Padilla is one of 525 relocating businesses that have come to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for help in the last couple of years - most of them from Mexico.

"El Paso is the place to be when it comes to opening a business," said Cindy Ramos-Davidson, the chamber's CEO. She says those entrepreneurs bring jobs and revenue.

"Those businesses have to pay what? Taxes," she said. "Those taxes are collected by what? By the city."

She and Padilla both say the focus should not be on what's wrong in Juarez, but what's right in El Paso.

"I'm really excited, this is a new baby born here," Padilla said. He had an open house for his business today. He says even with the violence across the border, he still plans on keeping his store open there for as long as possible.

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Of course they are attracted to EP. Thousands of people from Juarez who are willing to accept minimum wage with more workload then your pay grade should demand. All the while they sing and dance because that kind of pay isn't easy to find in their home country.

Besides they also relocate here because they don't have to pay for spanish speakers. When was the last time you called an 800# and didn't hear "habla espanol numero dose"

All minimum wage jobs too, I bet.

El Paso is ok with telling business that expect to bring millions into the city no we dont want you but it is OK to tell little mexican business that won't really contribute much in the way of taxes to the area, "Welcome to the US!".

Does this number include the used car lots on Alameda street.

Hey Cindy, go to school and take a few more English classes. And you are what? You say the CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce--now it makes sense.

"Those businesses what to pay what? Taxes," she said. "Those taxes are collected by what? By the city."

Not only is El Paso experiencing growth due to the unrest in Juarez but we are also undergoing a considerable economic and housing expansion due to the military. At least half of my business is as a direct result of people relocating to El Paso.

Yvonne A. Russell, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Associates
10940 Ben Crenshaw, Suite C
El Paso, Texas 79935
CELL (915) 873-8646

I hope this does not drive up the property taxes on the rest of us, just because Juarez people are escaping murder and violence.

I hope the El Paso Appraisal District does not
do Price Gouging on property taxes because of
an international disaster and Mexicans fleeing Mexico in droves.

Raising prices or profiting during an international emergency
is against the law.
The city cannot profit by the disaster in Mexico.

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