U.S., Mexico business leaders plan to convince Trump cross-border trade is good for both countries

1/13/2017 Dallas News

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MEXICO CITY — Mexican and U.S. business leaders are quietly strengthening coalitions from America’s heartland to North Texas to persuade a skeptical Donald J. Trump to maintain strong  ties between the two countries.  The president-elect has sent ambiguous signals over future and past trade deals and building a wall, or perhaps just a fence along the border with Mexico.

To help gain leverage with Trump, Mexico is also pondering several options, including replacing Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu with former Finance Minister Luis Videgaray, according to three senior Mexican officials with knowledge of the plans.

The plan is to make the case that Mexico is not China and should be treated not as an adversary, but as an ally on matters ranging from economic to cultural integration, with security the critical glue binding both sides, business and policy leaders on both sides of the border said. North Texas is key in that effort.

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Mexico’s Pemex says protests cause ‘critical’ border city fuel shortage

1/11/2017 Channel NewsAsia

energy - gas pumpMEXICO CITY: Mexico’s oil company, Pemex, is struggling to supply gas stations around the northern border city of Mexicali because of a blockade at a storage site, part of sometimes violent protests and looting over a gasoline price hike.

In a post on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, Pemex said its ability to supply gas stations in Mexicali, across the border from California, had reached “critical levels” because of the blockade of its local storage plant.

“No gas stations have any inventory,” said Rodrigo Llantada, president of the regional chapter of industry chamber Coparmex. He said the blockade began last Wednesday.

Protests since the Jan. 1 double-digit fuel price spike have exposed anger with President Enrique Pena Nieto over rising living costs fanned by a slump in the peso currency after Republican Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential victory.

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Mexico says again there is ‘no way’ it will pay for Trump wall

1/9/2017 Reuters

luis videgarayMexico’s new Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said there is “no way” his country will pay for the wall that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to build on the United States’ southern border to keep out illegal immigrants.

Speaking on Mexican television, Videgaray reiterated the government’s position that it would not pay for the wall, which has been a bone of contention between Trump and Mexico since the businessman launched his presidential campaign in June 2015.

Trump said on Friday that Mexico would repay the United States for his planned border wall, a day after news emerged that his transition team was exploring getting the Republican-led Congress to vote to approve the funding.

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Five border security priorities for Trump in his first 100 days via Fox News

12/28/2016 Fox News 

Via Flickr user "Gage Skidmore"
Via Flickr user “Gage Skidmore”

When President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office in January, his administration will face a long list of immediate needs and challenges. Among them are a series of pressing issues for securing the border. Here are five priorities for the new Trump administration to address in its first 100 days.

1. Build a Virtual Wall: While building a border wall was a hallmark of the President-elect’s campaign, it will require complex construction and budget allocation that will take years to achieve. The challenges along the border cannot wait, particularly when there are technological solutions available now. The notion of a virtual wall, composed of cameras, sensors and other technologies, has existed for some time, but for a variety of reasons, progress has been insufficient. The new administration should review existing technologies, such as fiber optic sensors and robust communications capabilities, to support the Border Patrol’s ongoing efforts to interdict illegal immigrants and illicit goods.

The administration also needs to speed up the timeline for implementing land port of entry (POE) entry/exit tracking technology. This has been a noted need for more than a decade, but even today, the United States has limited means to keep track of who is leaving the country across land POEs, which is essential for monitoring visa overstays. There are some pilot programs in the works, but more solutions are needed.

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Mexico eyes border, migration as leverage in talks with Trump

12/28/2016 Reuters 

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Bernardo Montoya/Reuters

Mexico aims to defend free trade with the United States by using border security and immigration policy to gain leverage in talks with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump after he takes office next month, senior officials say.

To defuse Trump’s threats to disrupt trade and investment, policymakers say Mexico aims to strike a balance between hearing out his concerns over illegal immigration and U.S. jobs, and adopting a firm posture to protect its own economic interests.

Mexico wants security, immigration and management of the U.S.-Mexican border to be on the table alongside trade when it sits down to talk to the Trump administration, a person familiar with the government’s thinking said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Apprehensions of migrants at U.S.-Mexico border rose sharply in October and November

12/21/2016 PewResearch Center

fence at borderThe number of migrant apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border rose by 42% in October and November of 2016 compared with the same two-month period in 2015, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. The 93,405 apprehensions were the most in any October-November period in at least five years.

The increase was fueled in part by a jump in the number of apprehensions of people traveling in family units. There were 28,691 apprehensions of individuals traveling with family members — defined as children, parents or a legal guardian — in October and November, a 130% increase from the same period in 2015. In November alone, the number of apprehensions of family units reached 15,573, the largest monthly total since June 2014, when a record 16,330 apprehensions were made during a surge in migration from Central America.

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Trump’s Plan To Kick Out Mexican Immigrants Will Absolutely Need Mexican Cooperation

12/20/2016 The Huffington Post 

Donald_Trump_August_19,_2015_(cropped)President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on the promise not just to crack down on illegal immigration, but to humiliate the country’s southern neighbor by forcing Mexico to pay for his proposed border wall.

There are two sides, however, to Mexico’s key role in the United States’ immigration problem. The incoming administration, like those before it, will have to depend heavily on Mexico to help carry out whatever deportation program Trump settles on.

The very act of deporting a foreign national usually requires the consent of the receiving country, which has to issue travel documents for incoming deportees. More than two dozen foreign governments routinely refuse to accept deportees from the United States. In some cases, like Cuba, refusal is a matter of policy. In others, like with some African nations, their national bureaucracies can’t efficiently verify the identity of their undocumented citizens abroad and issue travel documents.

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