Category Archives: Mexico

Canada and Mexico Desperate About NAFTA

Top Canadian and Mexican diplomats expressed optimism on Thursday that a NAFTA deal could be reached early next year and cautioned that widespread uncertainty over the future of the three-way trade agreement had slowed business investment.

Mexican sources say the plan is to hold seven rounds of talks at three-week intervals, a schedule that trade experts warned was aggressive and not easily attainable.

Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, Geronimo Gutierrez, said his country wanted to get the negotiations over before a presidential election campaign ramps up next year.

Gutierrez said no country would want trade discussions during a campaign.

“That is not wise … because it becomes a Christmas tree, everybody wants to hang something onto the Christmas tree,” he told an audience at the Washington International Trade Association conference.

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DEA: $1M in pot smuggled into U.S. via Mexican-made Ford Fusions

The cars were manufactured at a Ford plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, and then were shipped to a dealership in Ohio, where the marijuana was found, DEA agent Silverio Balzano said.

Officials believe drug smugglers made some kind of mix-up to allow large quantities of marijuana to get lost. Approximately 32 pounds of marijuana was found in 15 Ford Fusions, officials said.

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Mexico’s avocado army: how one city stood up to the drug cartels

Javier is finally starting to feel safe. A gruff 46-year-old avocado grower with a laugh like an idling Harley Davidson, Javier still remembers the gruesome reports of cartel gunmen kidnapping and killing a neighbour’s daughter, torching a local avocado packaging facility and murdering a pregnant schoolteacher. But the memories are starting to fade.

Tancitaro, the world capital of avocado production, has finally achieved a semblance of stability. It has been over two years since the last pitched battles between vigilante fighters and cartel gunmen on the outskirts. Families whose orchards were seized by cartel gunmen are now running their farms again. “The government doesn’t rule here. But it’s under control. You can relax,” he says.

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Mexico Calls Building the Wall Along the U.S. Border to be a “Violation of Human Rights of Mexicans”

The Mexican secretary to the United States called the Trump plan to build a border wall along the U.S. and Mexican border to a  “hostile” and “deeply unfriendly” act, and an “aggravating action”. He warned that Mexico intends to conduct a fierce legal battle to stop any border walls that violate the rights of Mexicans.

Luis Videgaray said building any walls when there are already natural barriers is an act that “also is not going to fulfill the objectives that it raises, is not only an aggravating action, but it seems to be frankly a bad idea.”

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Mexico City burns effigy of Donald Trump as Judas Iscariot to celebrate Easter

The ancient Holy Week tradition, in which the sins and evils of the previous year are ritually cleansed, features figures of devils, politicians, and cartoon characters.

“In spite of all the problems in our country, we Mexicans try to find the humour in our traditions,” a bystander told Reuters.

You just earned snipers on the wall, which you are paying for one way or another.

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NYT: Mexico Owns California and Texas, Will Trade For Amnesty

The New York Times has just published an op-ed article saying that Mexico may give up its rightful claim to ownership of Texas, California and the entire Southwest of the United States, but only if the U.S. government gives the hugely valuable prize of U.S. citizenship to many millions of Mexicans — plus citizenship for all their kids and grandkids, on and on, forever.

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Former Border Chief: Arizona Wall Put A Dramatic Stop To Illegal Crossings

A former border chief cites an Arizona wall that dramatically cut illegal immigrant crossings as proof barriers can work to keep people out in testimony prepared for a Senate hearing Tuesday.

The wall built on the southern border near Yuma resulted in 94 percent fewer illegal crossings, former deputy Border Patrol chief Ronald Colburn says in the testimony previewed by Paul Bedard in the Washington Examiner. Calling the results “impressive,” Colburn cites the wall to refute the commonly stated argument that President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall is a waste of time and money, because it wouldn’t actually stop illegal immigrants from crossing.

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University of California system pledges to funnel millions to Mexican universities

Yesterday from Mexico City, Napolitano announced the start of a partnership with the Mexican Secretariat of Energy which will funnel $10 million from UC funds, essentially California taxpayer dollars, to research in Mexican universities.

If you think Trump might be mad about this, you know who’s even more upset? California taxpayers and students. Those are the people who are paying tuition and funding your school through some of the highest tax rates in the country — they will be the ones to feel the burden.

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