Maquilas in Nogales, Sonora, have an estimated 2,000 vacancies, mainly due to the industry's growth in the region. The recent influx of migrants from Central America could be a potential source of labor for employers. Lorraine Rivera discussed the possibility with Wendee Molina, president of the city's maquila association.
"First of all, they need to comply with legal immigration policy in Mexico. After they comply they can be candidates to be employed in the industry," Molina said. In Tiijuana, about 1,500 immigrants from Central America have already found employment in Baja California's maquilas, Molina said.