U.S.-Mexico border, security cooperation & state elections – Weekly News Summary: May 17

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…

A bipartisan immigration reform bill survived another week under review by the Senate Judiciary Committee [see this useful graphic by The Washington Post containing rulings to key amendments to the bill]. A  Los Angeles Times editorial pointed out that as baby boomers retire and U.S. birthrates continue to decline, immigrants will be needed to fill labor gaps. A different article in the same paper questioned whether or not a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants would lead to an increase of the unauthorized population similar to the increase that followed the IRCA legalization of 1986.

VOXXI, a news website, argued that while border security should be a factor in the immigration reform debate, improving the efficiency of cross-border flows would provide a huge economic boost to both countries. The New York Times, meanwhile, highlighted San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s efforts to reach out to his counterpart in Tijuana and address border inefficiencies.

The Washington Post noted that recent changes to U.S.-Mexico security cooperation have produced “markedly different reactions” in the U.S. and Mexico, with many Mexicans supporting Peña Nieto’s decision to limit American agents’ ability to operate within the country. Forbes argued that despite recent tensions, bilateral cooperation against the common enemy of organized crime remains strong.

A piece in The Wall Street Journal warned of “troubling times” for Mexico’s home-building industry. Two of the country’s leading builders have missed payments to their creditors and one of them may be considering bankruptcy. The Global Post celebrated the fact that the Pacto por México’s telecommunications reform has now been approved by a majority of Mexican state legislatures, but pointed out that real change will take time. Wired drew a parallel between the telecoms sectors in Mexico and the U.S., concluding “Mexico’s lucky to have just one man blocking Internet equality – we’ve got a bunch.”

What Mexican columnists had to say…

According to Jorge Fernandez Menendez, acts of violence by vigilante groups in Michoacán are an example of institutional failures occurring in several Mexican regions. While PAN Senators argue that the governance crisis in the state can only be resolved by destitution of  local authorities, Fernandez critiques the government’s failure to intervene in the conflict. In regards to this issue, Ciro Gomez Leyva reported earlier this week that the violence in the state has kept companies such as Bimbo, Coca Cola, and Pemex from distributing products in many rural towns.

As part of the electoral protocol, TEPJF reminded political parties to keep records of their expenditures in the upcoming electoral period. In the meantime, Madero announced an initiative to the Permanent Commission that plans to replace the federal electoral institute. Ernesto Cordero and Miguel Barbosa also announced a political initiative that that plans to reform the electoral system. Following up with the Veracruz vote-buying scandal, PRD filed a complaint in the PGR against Rosario Robles and those responsible for the alleged use of federal funds for electoral ends.


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