King invites Mexico to use “vast potential” of relations with Spain

June 30, 2015

06/30/15 Fox News Latino

spain mexicoKing Felipe invited Mexico on Monday to take advantage of “the vitality and vast potential” of its relations with Spain, in order to strengthen ties that go beyond the spheres of politics and trade.

Felipe VI delivered that message to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on the first day of his state visit to Mexico, together with Queen Letizia.

Peña Nieto, accompanied by first lady Angelica Rivera, welcomed them at a very solemn event.

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Thousands of Mexican Teachers Protest Against Education Reform

June 26, 2015

6/24/15 teleSUR

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Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP – Getty Images

Thousands of dissident teachers took to the streets of Mexico City Wednesday, declaring a 24-hour strike to protest against the education reform promoted by President Enrique Peña Nieto. The protest follows a decision taken recently by the country’s Supreme Court which declared the reform and the controversial teacher evaluation tests to be constitutional. The evaluation is the main source of anger from the CNTE teachers’ union, which is an alternative to the mainstream national union SNTE. The teleSUR Correspondent in Mexico, Eduardo Matinez, reported that at least 10,000 teachers have joined the strike, adding that other sections of the country have taken part in the protest for the first time. Today’s march started in the capital’s Revolution Monument, before going to the Senate and concluding at a rally in the Secretariat for Public Education (SEP) headquarters.

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Mexico, Latinos Lash Out At Real Estate Mogul Donald Trump’s Trashing Of Mexicans And Immigrants

June 18, 2015

06/18/15 Forbes

Mexican Flag XXLThe government of Mexico and a number of Latino leaders wasted no time in lashing out against billionaire Donald Trump‘s accusation that Mexico is sending drugs, criminals and rapists to the U.S. and his promise to build a “great, great wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border. After Trump entered the Presidential race on Tuesday with a 45-minute kick-off at the Trump Tower in New York City, Mexico’s Minister of Government Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong called his diatribe against Mexico “biased and absurd.”

Osorio Chong, who is in charge of Mexico’s internal security, said that the real estate billionaire ignores the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. “There is no doubt that the men and women of Mexico who are [living] in the U.S.… help the development of the U.S.,” Osorio Chong said, according to media reports. He added that Trump is trying to get media attention.

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With Little Fanfare, Mexican Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

June 15, 2015

06/15/15 New York Times

Mexican Supreme CourtMEXICO CITY — His church turned him away, his family discouraged him from a public fight and the government of the state where he lives vowed it would never happen.

But it did. Hiram Gonzalez married his boyfriend, Severiano Chavez, last year in the northern state of Chihuahua, which, like most Mexican states, technically allows marriage only between a man and a woman.

Mr. Gonzalez and dozens of other gay couples in recent months have, however, found a powerful ally: Mexico’s Supreme Court.

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United Nations Calls On Mexico To End Detention Of Child Migrants

June 11, 2015

6/10/15 International Business Times

education - school childrenThe Obama administration is facing increasing pressure over the detention of migrant mothers and children awaiting deportation hearings – a practice condemned by immigrant rights’ groups, Catholic bishops and dozens of congressional Democrats alike. But across the border, Mexico is also feeling the heat as the United Nations urged it this week to end its growing detentions of child migrants.

Mexico dramatically stepped up its immigration enforcement last year under its “Southern Border Plan” as tens of thousands of migrants, mostly unaccompanied children and families, traveled north from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. As a result, the government sharply increased migrant detentions and deportations. According to national statistics, Mexico detained 23,096 children in 2014 for their immigration status, out of a total of 127,149 migrant detainees that year.

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A false war fades: the end of Brazil-Mexico rivalry?

June 11, 2015

6/10/15 Financial Times – beyondbrics

Flag-Pins-Mexico-BrazilFor much of the past two decades, Brazil and Mexico seemed at times to be on a collision course. Diplomats from Latin America’s two largest nations were often preoccupied, if not obsessed, with a competition for an elusive role as regional leaders and players in the post-Cold War shifting global scene. The 2013 battle for the post of director general at the World Trade Organization, won by Brazilian diplomat Roberto Azevêdo over Mexican Herminio Blanco, a former trade minister, left plenty of hurt feelings. Ironically, the dispute for influence also led to convergence. The 2011 creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Nations (CELAC), proposed by Mexico to affirm its Latin American identity and counter a perceived Brazilian effort to separate it from the region, was warmly embraced in Brasília as a way project leadership by promoting formats that excluded the US.

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Editorial: Out of Austin, mixed messages on illegal immigration

June 8, 2015

6/6/15 The Dallas Morning News

TexasTexas legislators sent mixed messages this session regarding where they stand on illegal immigration. They made clear with their vote to significantly boost border security funding that they want a crackdown on criminality linked to illegal immigration. Yet they backed away from legislation aimed at restricting higher educational opportunities for unauthorized immigrants.

Some conservative legislators were intent on repealing provisions of a 2001 law signed by Gov. Rick Perry granting in-state college tuition to unauthorized immigrants. The repeal effort put them on a collision course with other Republicans who saw it as mean-spirited and ultimately unhelpful to the goal of boosting the talent pool available to Texas employers.

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