BOOK LAUNCH: Mexico and the United States: The Politics of Partnership

May 29, 2013

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“What are the strengths and weaknesses of the partnership between Mexico and the United States? What might be done to improve it? Exploring both policy and process, and ranging from issues of trade and development to concerns about migration, the environment, and crime, the authors of ‘Mexico and the United States’ provide a comprehensive analysis of one of the world’s most complex bilateral relationships…”

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Weekly News Summary: April 5th

April 5, 2013

Coffee by Flikr user samrevelThe Mexico Institute’s “Weekly News Summary,” released every Friday afternoon summarizes the week’s most prominent Mexico headlines published in the English-language press, as well as the most engaging opinion pieces by Mexican columnists.

What the English-language press had to say…

This week, The Economist congratulated President Enrique Peña Nieto for a promising first four months in office, but warned that he will ultimately be judged on the implementation, and not just legislation, of his reformist agenda. The Associated Press reported Mexican drug cartels have agents working deep within the United States. The AP also made headlines following its announcement that it would drop the term “illegal immigrant” from its stylebook, choosing instead to refer to “people living in the country illegally” or who “entered the country without permission.”

A UNICEF/CONEVAL report concluded that the majority of Mexican children – 53.8% – live in poverty. Media outlets also reported that Mexican wages are now cheaper than China’s, and that remittances to Mexico in February dropped 11% compared to the same month last year.

U.S. immigration reform efforts continued to move forward, with business and labor agreeing on an increase in visas for temporary workers. In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Andrew Selee argued that the deterrent effect of increased border enforcement, coupled with Mexico’s well-performing economy and changing demographic profile, will likely mean that the majority of future illegal immigration flows will come from places other than Mexico. A piece by The New York Times echoed this sentiment, pointing out that changing economic and demographic conditions in both the U.S. and Mexico make it unlikely that a path to citizenship would lead to a massive influx of undocumented immigrants.

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New Resources: Immigration and Border Realities, Regional Competitiveness, Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement

April 2, 2013

The Mexico Institute is pleased to share with you the following new resources:

Andrew SeleeThe New Reality at the Border

Andrew Selee, Vice President for Programs at the Wilson Center and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, titled “The New Reality at the Border.” Selee asserts that in the future, illegal immigration flows to the U.S. are likely to come from places farther away than Mexico, due to the deterrent effect of increased border security, the well-performing Mexican economy, and Mexico’s changing demographic profile.

Duncan,-for-wwics-site-2Subcommittee Hearing: U.S. Energy Security: Enhancing Partnerships with Mexico and Canada

To read Duncan Wood’s statement from the hearing click here

Duncan Wood, Director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on March 14, 2013. The hearing, titled “U.S. Energy Security: Enhancing Partnerships with Mexico and Canada,” included a discussion of the Keystone XL pipeline and the Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement.

Wilson_ChristopherTowards a Regional Competitiveness Agenda

Christopher Wilson, Associate at the Mexico Institute, wrote an opinion piece for Animal Politico, a news site on Mexican politics. The op-ed encourages Mexico and the United States to develop a regional competitiveness agenda that envisions North America as the most competitive region in the world, addressing issues such as efficient border management, bilateral cooperation on international trade negotiations, regulatory harmonization, trade liberalization in services such as transportation and healthcare, and the simplification of customs procedures.

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Op-ed: The new reality at the border

April 2, 2013

Border fenceLos Angeles Times, 4/2/2013

The image of illegal immigration in the minds of most Americans is of poor Mexicans streaming across the Southwest border. This is not entirely wrong, but it is outdated. As Congress debates immigration reform, it is worth taking a look at what’s changed. Mexican illegal immigration flows have been dropping steadily and seem to be continuing a downward trend even as the U.S. economy recovers. There are reasons to believe this trend is becoming permanent.

For most of the 1990s and early 2000s, most unauthorized immigrants crossed the Southwest border, and most years 90% to 95% were Mexicans. Since as far back as 2007, however, the numbers in the Southwest — and, in particular, the number of Mexicans — have been declining rapidly. Illegal border crossings there are now down to levels not seen in 40 years, and in 2012, more than a quarter of unauthorized Southwest border crossers were what the government calls “Other Than Mexicans,” mostly Central Americans and a few immigrants from outside the hemisphere.

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Op-ed: Mexican immigrants’ influence (In Spanish)

March 4, 2013

immigration marchBy Andrew Selee, El Universal, 3/3/2013

This week, the Mexican Migrant Leaders and Organizations Network, whose members include the leaders of the most important migrant organizations in the U.S., will meet in Mexico for their first conversation with the Peña Nieto administration, as well as other political figures and members of Mexican civil society. Mexican migrants, who now number 12 million in the U.S., have begun exerting their influence decisively in both countries, and it will be interesting to follow this first encounter.

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Mexico stays on the sidelines in immigration reform debate

January 30, 2013

Mexico BricksLos Angeles Times, 1/29/2013

Here is what you probably won’t see in the coming weeks as the U.S. Congress debates a sweeping immigration overhaul: Mexico becoming involved.

Though the United States’ southern neighbor is the country with the most at stake as Washington considers changing its policy toward illegal immigrants, Mexican diplomats and government officials are expected to keep a low profile to avoid the appearance of meddling in U.S. affairs and to minimize any potential backlash among conservatives in the States.

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POLICY REPORT: New Ideas for a New Era: Policy Options for the Next Stage in U.S.-Mexico Relations

January 22, 2013

Coinciding U.S. and Mexican presidential elections offer a natural opportunity to look at the evolving context of bilateral relations and look forward for ways to strengthen ties. The Mexico Institute is pleased to launch an electronic version of its new policy report, “New Ideas for a New Era: Policy Options for the Next Stage in U.S.-Mexico Relations,” by Christopher E. Wilson, Eric L. Olson, Miguel R. Salazar, Andrew Selee, and Duncan Wood. The policy report highlights five key issues with the potential to strengthen U.S.-Mexico relations. A printed version of this report will be available shortly.


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