Ambassador to Trump: ‘Mexico is not the enemy’

USA Today 12/1/2016

636161361992555645-x5r8263PHOENIX — If President-elect Donald Trump follows through with his campaign promise to build a border wall that Mexico will pay for, he can expect to run into a wall of his own: the Mexican government.

Mexico’s top diplomat to the U.S. says there is no way Mexico will pay for the wall. Not only that, a wall would send a “negative” message that would undermine years of economic and diplomatic cooperation between the two countries that contrary to public perception has benefited both countries.

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With an unfriendly neighbour, Mexico needs to strengthen itself

The Economist 11/26/16 

us mex flagALMOST 25 years ago a Mexican president, Carlos Salinas, took a historic decision. He decreed that his country’s future lay in setting aside its fear and resentment of its mighty neighbour to the north and embracing economic integration with the United States through the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The agreement underpinned the modernisation of part of Mexico’s economy. So the imminent arrival in the White House of Donald Trump, a critic of NAFTA who threatens to build a migrant-blocking wall between the two countries, looks like a disaster for Mexico.

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U.S. and Mexico players make statement of unity before World Cup qualifier

11/12/16 The Washington Post 

Soccer StadiumThe U.S. men’s national soccer team has no fiercer rival than Mexico. But before Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, players from both sides came together to make a statement of unity.

The unstated context, of course, was the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency earlier in the week. Trump began his campaign last year by making derogatory remarks about Mexicans and Mexican Americans, and his promise to build a wall between the two countries was a staple of his rhetoric.

On Friday, U.S. and Mexican players built a different wall. After each side had posed for its traditional pre-match team photo, an unusual photo was taken, featuring the on-field antagonists standing alongside one another, putting their arms around each others’ shoulders.

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‘Invisible’ Children: Raised in the U.S., Now Struggling in Mexico

11/13/16 NPR Ed

Student by flickr user RightIndexChildren and teenagers of Mexican descent make up one of the fastest-growing populations in the nation’s public schools.

That’s a well-known statistic, but less known is that, in the last eight years, nearly 500,000 of these children have returned to Mexico with their families. Nine out of 10 are U.S. citizens because they were born in the U.S. That’s according to Mexican and U.S. government figures compiled by researchers with the University of California system, and the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.

These families have returned to Mexico because of the economic downturn in the U.S. Many others were deported and had no choice but to take their U.S.-born children with them.

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“Mexico’s bloodshed keeps getting worse — homicides hit a new high for the 3rd month in a row”

10/21/2016 Business Insider

The grisly accounting continues in Mexico, as homicides hit a new high for the year in September — the third month in a row in to lodge such a record.

Nationwide, there were 2,187 homicide victims in September, exceeding the 2,155 of August and the 2,098 recorded in July. July was the first time the number of homicide victims was over 2,000 since the government began releasing that statistic at the start of 2014.

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“Why Mexico is giving out half a million rape whistles to female subway riders”

10/23/2016 Los Angeles Times 

The protesters boarded the Mexico City subway dressed in black burqas. They weren’t Muslim, just women trying to make a point that their bodies — whether cloaked in heavy cloth or tank tops — weren’t objects to be stared at or touched.

“Do I have to dress like this for you to respect me?” their signs read.

Not long ago, women in Mexico were expected to tolerate roaming hands or lewd comments with eye rolls or silence. But now they’re beginning to fight back.

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Is Mexico Ready For Gay Marriage?

10/19/16 The Huffington Post

LGBT Rights MexicoMexico is in the midst of a public debate on gay marriage that has focused on ‘traditional family values’.

In September, some 100 cities in all 32 Mexican states hosted a so-called “March for the Family“ – protests against a proposal to legalise gay marriage. Estimates vary, but according to the National Front for Family, the coalition of civil society organisations and religious groups that organised the march, more than a million people participated; other sources place the number in the hundreds of thousands.

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