This bill — the United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act — would aim to promote economic partnership and cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico through academic exchanges, entrepreneurship, and infrastructure integration which use grants from the 100,000 Strong in Americas Initiative. The legislation includes sections related to education, entrepreneurship, infrastructure, and medical training, breakdowns of which can be found below.
This bill would make it U.S. policy to increase U.S.-Mexico academic exchanges at the secondary, post-secondary, and post-graduate levels with an eye toward doubling the number of exchange students studying in each country within five years. Priority would be given to strengthening ties between communities and academic institutions in those portions of the United States and Mexico that are within 100 kilometers of the international boundary between those countries.
The president would be responsible for developing a plan to implement policies and programs that support cooperation, training, and mentoring of entrepreneurs. Such policies and programs should seek to provide at least 100 grants of up to $25,000 each for program participants to better leverage participation by the private sector.
The president would be responsible for developing a plan to implement policies and programs that promote U.S.-Mexico energy infrastructure coordination and cooperation through support of vocational-level education, internships, and exchanges between the two countries. Those policies and programs would seek to provide education, internships, and exchanges for at least 1,000 program participants.
The president would be responsible for developing a plan to implement a pilot program to develop a pipeline between undergraduate colleges and universities in the U.S. and medical school programs in Mexico. This program should be utilized to prepare medical students to become doctors who can pass U.S. medical licensing board exams. The pilot program should seek to increase the number of bilingual medical professionals in a cost-effective manner who can practice in U.S. underserved communities.