Mexico President slams Texas governor over border crackdown

September 15, 2014

09/12/14 Reuters

border3(Reuters) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s deployment of National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexican border is “reprehensible” and puts neighborly relations at risk, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said in an interview published on Friday.  Perry, considered a possible contender for the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential nomination, in July ordered up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border, citing an influx of child migrants from Central America and drug cartel criminality. Critics have charged him with using the deployment to raise his national profile by latching onto the hot-button political issue.

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Hurricane Odile in Baja slams Baja California

September 15, 2014

09/15/14 MSN News


CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Odile raked the Baja California Peninsula with strong winds and heavy rains early Monday as locals and tourists in the resort area of Los Cabos began to emerge from shelters and assess the damage. The extent of Odile’s impact was still not clear before daybreak, but the storm severely damaged hotel lobbies and facades, shattered windows and left streets full of debris. The windows at the area’s Westin Hotel had been blown out.

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Could ISIS infiltrate the U.S. southern border?

September 11, 2014

Border - Mexicoby Jordan Fabian, Fusion @jordanfabian

President Obama will lay out his strategy to fight the Islamic State extremist group in a prime time speech on Wednesday night. Some Republicans want that plan to address the southern border, which they say could be susceptible to ISIS infiltration.

It’s possible, but not likely, however, that the terrorist group would attempt to enter the U.S. by crossing the border, administration officials and independent experts say.

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In Speech on Mexico Trip, Gov. Christie Lays Out Vision for Energy ‘Renaissance’

September 5, 2014

environment - energy - light bulb with paddy rice09/03/14 New York Times

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey offered a prescription for what he called a “North American energy renaissance” in an expansive speech here, calling for an end to Washington’s 40-year ban on crude oil exports, faster approval of natural gas pipelines between the United States and Mexico, and construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. On the opening day of Mr. Christie’s trip to Mexico, a rare journey abroad as he considers a run for the presidency, he abandoned his trademark swagger for a data-filled, policy-rich and humility-heavy approach.

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Journalism and Security in Mexico

September 3, 2014

09/03/14 by Diana Villiers Negroponte,   Freedom House Trustee and a member of the Board of Advisers at the Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

In late August, siJournalists%20-%20Mexico-276x183x Mexican journalists and a few colleagues from Freedom House gathered around the table at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Torreón, State of Coahuila, to discuss their freedoms to write and express their opinions. Since 2008, these rights had been seriously limited. The infiltration of organized crime in security and justice institutions, mostly at the local level; the militarization of public security; and the virtual collapse of the justice system are largely to blame for this. Mexico is now one of the world’s most dangerous and complicated places to practice journalism.

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Texas-Chihuahua-New Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum

September 3, 2014

Save the date: Border Legislative ConferenceTexas-Chihuahua-New Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum. September 12, 2014 in El Paso, Texas.

The Texas-Chihuahua-New Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum is being organized by the Border Legislative Conference, a binational mechanism of cooperation among legislators of the 10 U.S. – Mexico border states, along with the Office of Congressman Beto O’Rourke and with the support of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute.

In it, we will have the opportunity to discuss the main issues and challenges, about the Mexico-U.S. Border. Among the attendees there will be U.S. Congressmen as  Joaquin Castro, Henry Cuellar, Bill Owens, and Steve Pearce. Additionaly, there will be public servants from both sides of the border such as Oscar Leeser, Mayor of El Paso; Enrique Serrano, Mayor of Ciudad Juárez, among many others.

Please join us in this engaging discussion, RSVP here:



Border Patrol sued in fatal shooting of man in Mexico

August 28, 2014

08/27/14 Los Angeles Times

border patrolThe family of a Mexican man who was shot and killed by U.S. Border Patrol agents two years ago has filed a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the agency sanctioned an unbridled use of deadly force in response to rock throwing.

The suit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Laredo, Texas, is the latest to argue that constitutional civil rights protections against excessive force should apply to noncitizens who are in Mexico.

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