1. There has been ongoing controversy regarding the incoming government’s plan to construct the New International Airport of Mexico (NAIM). During a Citizens’ Information Forum this week, specialists raised concerns over the potential environmental consequences of building the airport in Texcoco. Politicians, who are divided on the issue, have also raised concerns about the cost and feasibility of the project.
2. Rosario Robles Berlanga, Mexico’s current Secretary of Social Development, was summoned to the Court of Deputies this week, where she was accused of multiple acts of corruption, including diverting millions of pesos worth of public resources meant to be used for poverty reduction programs.
3. This week, a caravan of more than four thousand migrants left Honduras to make the trip across Guatemala, Mexico and eventually arrive in the United States. The caravan has received much attention from the media and prominent politicians, including President Donald Trump. Trump threatened that if Mexican authorities don’t detain the caravan, he will send troops to close the U.S.-Mexico border. The migrants reached the Mexican border on Friday, spurring violence.
4. President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that the new administration will divide the country into 265 special zones to ameliorate crime and violence, provide specialized training for police forces, and implement a comprehensive crime prevention policy in high-crime regions, as part of his administration’s security and pacification strategy.