House Republicans test Trump on his U.S.-Mexico wall

11/10/16 Reuters

Border - MexicoRepublicans in the House of Representatives hope to offer President-elect Donald Trump an alternate plan to his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, a first test by lawmakers from his own party of one of his key campaign promises.

Just a day after Trump’s stunning election victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, congressional aides told Reuters the lawmakers wanted to meet with Trump’s advisers to discuss a less costly option to his “big, beautiful, powerful wall.”

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Trump Win Suggests Dark Days Ahead for Mexico on Wall, Nafta

11/10/16 Bloomberg

As the world absorbs the shock of Donald Trump’s victory, no country is likely to be as directly affected as Mexico, whose economy and population are intimately linked to the U.S.’s and against which Trump directed exceptional hostility.

His pledges to build a wall between the two countries and make Mexico pay for it, end or overhaul their free-trade agreement, stop U.S. factories from moving there and deport millions of undocumented immigrants south of the border spell deep trouble for the Mexican economy. The peso extended its losses Thursday to a record low against the dollar.

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Mexico Reminds Donald Trump It Will Not Pay for a Border Wall

11/10/16 Reuters

us mex flagThough it would like to cooperate on issues that “benefit both nations in this new phase.”

Mexico said on Wednesday it would work with Donald Trump for the benefit of both nations after his surprise U.S. election win, but reiterated it would not pay for his planned border wall, which stirred up deep resentment during a fraught presidential campaign.

As Trump strode toward victory, the peso plunged 13% in its biggest fall since the Tequila Crisis devaluation 22 years ago, before paring losses to trade down 8.7% at 19.91 per dollar. Still, officials held back from taking action to support the peso despite it hitting lifetime lows overnight.

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Mexico foreign minister: We won’t be paying for a wall

11/9/16 Al Jazeera

7965358232_f6f2b6f792_oMexico’s foreign minister has reasserted that his government would not pay for a wall along the US border – a promise made by US president-elect Donald Trump during his election campaign.

“Paying for a wall is not part of our vision,” Claudia Ruiz Massieu told local television on Wednesday, after Trump triumphed in the US electionTrump had vowed that he would build a massive border wall, and make Mexico pay for it.

Massieu said that the government had maintained communication with Trump’s campaign team since the property mogul paid a visit to Mexico in August.

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Mexicans on U.S. border fear economic catastrophe if Trump wins

11/7/16 Reuters

Border fenceMexicans on the U.S. border anxiously awaited the outcome of the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday, plagued by fears of economic disaster if Republican Donald Trump wins and tries to choke local industry, isolate the country and deport millions.

Trump’s campaign has been one of the most unpopular in living memory in Mexico, ranging from stinging verbal attacks on its migrants, threats against its trade agreements, to his repeated vows to seal off the country behind a huge border wall that he insists Mexico will pay for.

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Dependent on migrant dollars, rural Mexico prays for Trump defeat

11/5/16 Reuters

Border fenceIn the small southern market town of Molcaxac, 650 miles (1050 km) from the U.S. border, Alicia Villa is praying to God that Republican candidate Donald Trump does not become the next president of the United States.

Over the past two decades, as Mexico’s rural economy stalled, Molcaxac and hundreds of towns like it became dependent on dollars sent by relatives who made the perilous journey north, a lifeline she fears will be cut by a Trump White House

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Along the U.S.- Mexico border fence

11/7/16 Reuters

fence at borderBuilding a wall along the U.S.- Mexico border has been a contentious subject in this year’s U.S. presidential election.

In parts of California and Arizona, a wall already exists.

It runs across rocky deserts, flowing sand dunes and miles of agricultural land. The wall splits towns and families, marking a boundary between two countries that used to be one. Busy land ports of entry and signs written in both Spanish and English attest to an interdependence that still exists in the bifurcated cities, faded mining towns and eccentric art outposts that punctuate the arid landscape.

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