December 4, 2013
Financial Times, 12/2/2013
It would be easy looking at the border between San Diego, in the US state of California, and Tijuana, in the Mexican state of Baja California, to conclude that the formidable fence was a barrier to all cross-border interactions. The fence and other defences against unauthorised border crossings have only grown since the September 11 2001 attacks on the United States sharply increased concerns about the US’s border security.
Yet it is a tribute to the power of the North American Free Trade Agreement that companies have continued in the years since 2001 to move goods freely across the heavily policed frontier.
December 2, 2013
USA Today, 12/1/2013
Mexican residents typically account for $4.5 billion in retail sales in Texas counties along the border. That number is likely to jump by $225 million due to the tax hike.
November 27, 2013
San Diego Union Tribune, 11/26/2013
Video footage, anonymous leaflets, and eyewitness accounts on Tuesday offered some insights into last weekend’s incident that saw more than 100 people rush a heavily patrolled stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in broad daylight.
But the larger questions remained unanswered: Exactly who instigated the mass action on Sunday afternoon one quarter-mile west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry? And for what purpose?
November 27, 2013
The Los Angeles Times, 11/26/2013
More than 100 people pelted U.S. Border Patrol agents with rocks and bottles during a rowdy confrontation Sunday afternoon along the U.S.-Mexico border, federal authorities said.
Nobody was seriously injured and it’s not clear whether the crowd was trying to enter the U.S. illegally or hold a demonstration, but the sight of a large crowd surging beyond the border rattled nerves.
November 22, 2013
Arizona Republic, 11/22/2013
Arizona needs to leave the Land of Old Ideas about illegal immigration, Mexico and Central America. Congress should take a hike to reality, too. Old battle lines continue to define — and doom — efforts to reform outdated immigration policies. They also hurt Arizona’s economic competitiveness.
November 12, 2013
The Los Angeles Times, 11/12/2013
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security created after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is the largest law enforcement agency in the nation. With more than 43,000 Border Patrol agents and customs officers, its ranks have nearly doubled in recent years.
But along with that rapid increase in personnel have come troubling allegations about excessive use of force. Since the beginning of 2010, at least 19 people have been killed along the southern border of the U.S. by Border Patrol and customs officers; that compares to only three such deaths in 2008 and one in 2009, according to the Arizona Republic. Some of those killed were shot in the back, including a 16-year-old in Nogales, Mexico, who was fired on 10 times through the border fence and hit at least seven times — apparently because he was throwing rocks at officers. On this side of the border, the dead include a Mexican immigrant who suffered a heart attack after being Tasered by agents near San Diego.
November 7, 2013
AZ Central, 11/06/2013
After three years of meetings and public testimony, a state legislative border security committee has yet to make a single recommendation.
Tuesday, they were scheduled to decide how to spend $264,000 in donations that has been idling in a state trust fund, but lacked a quorum to actually cast what could have been the committee’s first vote. The money was intended to help the state start building its own fence along the Arizona-Mexico Border, but such a fence has cost the federal government $3 million a mile.
October 29, 2013
The Economist, 10/26/2013
“Electronics are like drugs. You can buy them for $1 and sell them for $40,” says Jordi Muñoz, a 27-year-old Mexican entrepreneur. People in Tijuana, where he makes small, insectlike drones (pilotless aircraft) for civilian use, would probably prefer he used a different metaphor: the city is trying to put its narcotic reputation behind it. But Mr Muñoz feels free to say what he likes, because he has found the holy grail for exporters in northern Mexico. He has brought inventive flair, not just deft fingerwork, to the process of making things.
Mr Muñoz’s drone-producing plant is a maquiladora, a factory that enjoys special tax breaks. When Mexico set up the first maquiladoras half a century ago, they were sweatshops that simply bolted or stitched together imported parts, then exported the assembled product north across the border to the United States. America got cheap goods; Mexico got jobs and export revenues. Now, with competition growing from other low-cost locations, and with the government cutting some of their tax breaks, the maquiladoras are having to step up their efforts to become innovative.
October 29, 2013
The International Business Times, 10/29/2013
The outbreak of cholera in Mexico is creeping ever closer to the US border, with five cases confirmed in an area that is less than 250 miles from the Texas border.
The Ministry of Health in Mexico has reported five cases around La Huasteca, an area covering the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Puebla, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí, Querétaro, and Guanajuato.
October 11, 2013
The Houston Chronicle, 10/10/2013
By Pete Domenici and Jason Grumet
The U.S. debate will appropriately focus on securing our southern border and weighing the economic impacts of various proposals on our still fragile economy. While most analysis concludes that reforming our immigration laws will benefit the U.S. economy, we must also seek opportunities to encourage growth in the Mexican economy if we are to achieve effective and durable immigration reform.
The ability of Mexican citizens to feed and clothe their families and the ability of the Mexican government to care for those who cannot, significantly impacts the pressure exerted on our southern border. During a period when the Mexican economy grew more than half again as quickly as ours, immigration into the U.S. began to fall. Between 2007 and 2012, the population of unauthorized Mexican immigrants declined by 13 percent and apprehensions along our southern border declined by 58 percent. However, in Texas – a state that has continued to enjoy strong economic growth – border apprehensions and the unauthorized immigrant population have increased. While national trends also reflect substantial investments in enhanced border security, our immigration policy must be designed to succeed in the hopeful future when our economy booms once more.