Donald Trump’s immigration policy: Then and now

08/23/2016 CNN

immigrationAustin, Texas (CNN)Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign by promising to build a “great, great wall” on the US southern border — and make Mexico pay for it — while painting undocumented Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists.

More than a year later, Trump, now the Republican nominee, is preparing to wade back into the heated immigration debate. This time, though, he appears poised to lay out a more nuanced immigration policy — one that could roll back some of the unapologetically blunt proposals that helped carry him to victory in the GOP primaries.


This Week in Latin America: Mexico’s Union Trouble

08/22/2016 Americas Quarterly

education - classroomEducation Reform in Mexico: The CNTE teachers’ union says it will not return to classes today for the start of the new school year. Union members have for months been protesting an education reform package that would require teacher evaluations and curtail the practice of members purchasing or inheriting teaching positions. The CNTE says the reform is unfairly weighted against teachers in rural areas, and have called on the government to meet a list of demands to alter the proposed laws. The teachers’ strike will be most widespread in the restive states of Guerrero, Michoacán, Oaxaca, and Chiapas, where the CNTE exerts considerable power over local politics and recent demonstrations against the reforms have led to violent clashes with police.

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Mexico GDP Falls for First Time in 3 Years on Slower Services

08/22/16 Bloomberg

peso by Guanatos GwynMexico’s economy contracted 0.2 percent in the second quarter from the prior three months, less than calculated last month, as growth in the services industry slowed and exports fell.

Gross domestic product shrank 0.2 percent, according to a report from the national statistics institute Monday, the first drop in three years. Preliminary figures on July 29 had shown a 0.3 percent decline. From the previous year, GDP climbed 2.5 percent, compared with the 2.4 percent median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

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NAFTA in U.S. campaign spotlight

08/21/2016 The San Diego Union Tribune

NAFTA_logoSince passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement more than two decades ago, U.S.-Mexico trade has risen to unprecedented levels. Trucks cross into the United States laden with shipments of medical devices, electronics, cars, fruits and vegetables, while others roll south into Mexico with loads of U.S. electronic equipment, machinery, plastics and agricultural products.

NAFTA created new jobs, brought consumers a wider range of choices, increased the integration of the U.S. and Mexican economies and enhanced North America’s global competitiveness, supporters say. A report by the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., states that six million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Mexico. A University of Chicago survey of top U.S. economists showed a majority agreeing that Americans have been better off under the treaty.

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Mexico-U.S air transport deal begins in bid to boost competition

08/21/2016 Reuters

airplaneAn air transport deal between Mexico and the United States that aims to boost competition in the passenger and freight sectors came into force on Sunday, Mexico’s Communications and Transport Ministry said.

The deal, which modifies a 1960 agreement, would open new passenger routes for airlines to fly between the countries and allow for an unlimited number of flights. It also opens up the air freight market to more competition.

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Exxon, Chevron, Hess in Joint Bid for Mexican Oil

08/18/16 Bloomberg

oil wellExxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and Hess Corp. have agreed to bid together for rights to drill for crude in Mexico’s deepwater oil areas, according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans.

The three U.S.-based producers have reached a Joint Operating Agreement, which allows the consortium to bid to produce oil in the 10 areas up for auction on Dec. 5, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

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Headlines from Mexico

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1. CNTE leaders in Michoacán, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero stated they will not return to classes next Monday-August 22nd- for the beginning of the school year given that the government has yet to respond to their demands to derogate the educational reform.

 Read more: Milenio, Animal Político, El Universal, La Jornada

 2. A son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman-Jesús Alfredo Guzman- the imprisoned                      Mexican drug cartel leader, was among six men kidnapped on Monday when gunmen            burst into a restaurant in the coastal resort of Puerto Vallarta.

Read more: NY Times, Animal Político, Milenio, Excelsior 

3. For the first time in its history since 1955, The Mexican Episcopal Conference,  called         on  Catholics to take the streets on September 10th and 24th in the main cities of                   the  country (except for Mexico City) to protest against Enrique Peña Nieto’s  initiative         on same-sex marriage.

 Read more: Milenio, El Universal, El Financiero, Reforma 

4. The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), began the process against three                          governors- from Veracruz, Chihuahua & Quintana Roo-and a former state president             requesting their  withdrawal from the party for alleged corruption.

Read more: Reforma, El Universal, La Jornada, Forbes