Better Late than Never: Lessons Learned from Mexican Truck Drivers in the United States

February 2, 2015

By Luis de la Calle

Truck2The opening of the United States to freight trucking companies from Mexico will change the border and its competitiveness.

Mexico must always demand the rule of law and compliance with commitments.

On Friday, January 9, 2015, the United States Department of Transportation made an important announcement that has not received the recognition it deserves: the Department of Transportation will begin to process applications of Mexican land freight trucking companies wishing to provide international services in the United States.

This announcement ends the pilot program that was established as a palliative measure in response to the longstanding dispute with Mexico. This topic is worth remembering for the lessons it leaves us with.

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This article was originally published in Spanish on El Universal


EVENT REMINDER! Report Launch: The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition

January 30, 2015

Border - Roadsign pointing between Nogales, mexico and TucsonWHEN: Tuesday, February 3rd, 9am-11am

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC

*A live webcast will be available.

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to the launch of the report, The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition. This report lays out the major issues involved in border region economic development, compiles the many innovative ideas developed at four forums, and weaves them into a series of policy recommendations that draw on the experiences of those who understand the border best: the individuals who live in border communities and who cross back and forth between Mexico and the United States as a part of their daily lives.

Speakers include: U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (28th District of Texas), U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke (16th District of Texas), U.S. Representative Juan Vargas (51st District of California), Antonio Ortiz Mena, Head of Section for Economic Affairs, Embassy of Mexico in the United States, Sue Saarnio, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State, Diputada Imelda Guadalupe Alejandro De La Garza, Border Legislative Conference Chair and member, Nuevo León State Legislature, among others.

RSVP for the event and see the full agenda here. 

Follow the conversation live on Twitter using the hashtag #BorderEcon @MexicoInstitute


We Don’t Know How Secure Our Border Is

January 30, 2015

1/27/2015 National Journal

Border - MexicoRep. Michael McCaul’s Secure Our Borders First Act will be voted on in the House next week, and it requires the Homeland Security Department to construct 400 miles of new roads and more than 100 miles of new border fences. It deploys new technology such as a biometric exit system at ports of entry and directs more air power to track migrants. It also requires DHS to disclose more data on how safe the border is.

But as the House risks putting divisions within its own ranks on display and goes head-to-head with the Obama administration, it’s worth asking: How secure are the 2,000 miles that stretch from California to Texas today to begin with?

There’s only one problem — nobody can tell you.

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Upcoming Event! Report Launch: The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition

January 28, 2015

Border - Roadsign pointing between Nogales, mexico and TucsonWHEN: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 9:00-11:00am

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

*A live webcast will be available.

Throughout 2014, our coalition of organizations held a series of four U.S.-Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums in order to engage border region stakeholders in a process to collectively generate a shared vision and policy recommendations to strengthen economic competitiveness. The effort involved the partnership of several organizations—the Border Legislative Conference (BLC), the Council of State Governments West (CSG West), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Mexico Institute, the North American Research Partnership, several members of the Congressional Border Caucus, and USAID-Mexico—and took us to San Diego/Tijuana, Nogales/Nogales, El Paso/Ciudad Juárez, and Laredo/Nuevo Laredo.

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to the launch of the report drawn from this effort, The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition. This report lays out the major issues involved in border region economic development, compiles the many innovative ideas developed at the forums, and weaves them into a series of policy recommendations that draw on the experiences of those who understand the border best: the individuals who live in border communities and who cross back and forth between Mexico and the United States as a part of their daily lives.

Speakers include*:

  • Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Representative Henry Cuellar, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Representative Beto O’Rourke, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Representative Juan Vargas, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Edgar Ruiz, Executive Director, Council of State Governments-West
  • Christopher Wilson, Senior Associate, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Erik Lee, Executive Director, North American Research Partnership
  • Elizabeth Hogan, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau, USAID

*Agenda is tentative. 

To RSVP, click here.


UPCOMING EVENT! Report Launch: The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition

January 26, 2015

Border - Roadsign pointing between Nogales, mexico and TucsonWHEN: Tuesday, February 3rd, 9:00am-11:00am

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC

Throughout 2014, our coalition of organizations held a series of four U.S.-Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums in order to engage border region stakeholders in a process to collectively generate a shared vision and policy recommendations to strengthen economic competitiveness. The effort involved the partnership of several organizations—the Border Legislative Conference (BLC), the Council of State Governments West (CSG West), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Mexico Institute, the North American Research Partnership, several members of the Congressional Border Caucus, and USAID-Mexico—and took us to San Diego/Tijuana, Nogales/Nogales, El Paso/Ciudad Juárez, and Laredo/Nuevo Laredo.

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to the launch of the report drawn from this effort, The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition. This report lays out the major issues involved in border region economic development, compiles the many innovative ideas developed at the forums, and weaves them into a series of policy recommendations that draw on the experiences of those who understand the border best: the individuals who live in border communities and who cross back and forth between Mexico and the United States as a part of their daily lives.

To RSVP, click here.

To learn more about the event, click here. A live webcast will be available here.

Speakers include*:

  • Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Representative Henry Cuellar, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Representative Beto O’Rourke, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Representative Juan Vargas, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Edgar Ruiz, Executive Director, Council of State Governments-West
  • Christopher Wilson, Senior Associate, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Erik Lee, Executive Director, North American Research Partnership
  • Elizabeth Hogan, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau, USAID

*Speaker list is tentative. Additional speakers will be added to the program. 


The meth-toting drone that crashed in Tijuana

January 22, 2015

1/22/15 Washington Post 

AP Photo/Secretaria de Seguridad Pública Municipal de Tijuana

AP Photo/Secretaria de Seguridad Pública Municipal de Tijuana

A drug-toting drone has crashed into a supermarket parking lot in Mexico, a couple of miles from the U.S. border. Authorities said the remote-controlled drone was toting more than six pounds of methamphetamine when it crashed Tuesday night in Tijuana, near the San Ysidro Border Crossing and about 15 miles from San Diego. Six meth packets were strapped to the aircraft with plastic webbing and black tape, police said. Tijuana police told U-T San Diego it was likely carrying the loot between neighborhoods — not across the border. However, it wouldn’t be the first time drug smugglers got creative.

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US-Mexico Economic Talks are Key to Cross-Border Prosperity

January 8, 2015

1/6/2015 CNBC

202857618_223d565208_zOn both sides of the 2,000 mile border we share with Mexico, our people and our businesses are working together to create jobs, economic opportunity, and prosperity. The interests we share with our neighbor to the south, our third largest trading partner in the world, are not just about border security and immigration. We are also focused on how we can grow the $1.5 billion in goods and services that already move between our countries each day, do more business together, and strengthen our collective competitiveness.

As the United States welcomes Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to Washington this week, the importance of our commercial relationship with Mexico will take center stage during the second meeting of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).

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