Dallas Morning News, 10/4/2012

Headlines in recent years have helped reinforce stereotypes of Mexico and other leading Latin American nations as riddled with poverty, violence and corruption. When people are being beheaded and tortured just south of the border, it becomes far too easy to ignore positive trends that belie the region’s reputation as a basket case.

Growing middle-class consumer demand in Mexico comes with added dividends: An expanding job market could reduce the lure for poorer Mexicans to migrate northward. Education rates are improving. Political stability is improving, and poverty rates as a percentage of population are dropping, according to a study earlier this year by the Wilson Center in Washington.