Advocates: Asylum-Seekers Are Being Turned Away at Border

1/18/2017 New York Times

San_ysidro_border_pedsSAN DIEGO — Immigrant advocacy groups said Tuesday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are allegedly turning away asylum-seekers before their claims can be heard, violating obligations under U.S. and international law.

The groups said they began fielding reports in the summer that border crossers entering the country from Mexico were being told that they couldn’t seek asylum, that they needed visas, or that that they first had to petition Mexican authorities for relief. Under U.S. law, any foreigner may claim asylum.

Many are left with the impression that the U.S. is no longer considering asylum requests, according to the complaint filed Friday to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general. Six groups, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Civil Liberties Union and American Immigration Council, urged an investigation “to fully address this alarming new trend.”

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Fleeing gang warfare, more Central Americans seek refuge in Mexico

1/12/2017 Reuters

Puente Dr. Rodolfo Robles Ciudad Hidalgo Chiapas - Tecún Umán Guatemala  DSC_0914 Ernesto (2)Mexico was until recently a transit country for Central American migrants seeking to reach the United States in the search of a better life.

But the escalating violence has led to a surge in the number of asylum claims from Central American migrants who are increasingly looking to Mexico for refuge, reaching levels not seen since the region’s civil wars ended decades ago.

In the first 9 months of 2016, Mexico received nearly 7,000 asylum requests – more than five times more than in 2013.

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Mexico’s Auto Industry

1/11/2017 Americas Society/Council of the Americas

automobileMexico might have to face the threat of losing automaker investments over fear of a future U.S. “big border tax,” but it can celebrate a record year for its auto industry. December 2016 saw more car sales and more vehicles produced than any other month in the country’s history, according to the Mexican Automotive Industry Association. As such, 20 percent more cars were sold in 2016 than the year before—a total of 1,603,672 light vehicles, more commonly known as passenger cars, ranging from sedans to pickup trucks.

The booming auto sector makes Mexico the seventh-largest car producer in the world and the top one in Latin America, overtaking Brazil in 2014. It’s also the world’s fourth-biggest vehicle exporter, as well as the sixth-largest largest auto parts producer, making $85 billion worth in 2015. All in all, the auto industry accounts for about 3.2 percent of the country’s GDP.

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Ford Is Still Moving Small Car Production to Mexico Despite Trump’s Tariff Threats

11/15/16 Fortune

download (5).jpg“There will be no job impact whatsoever with this move,” CEO Mark Fields says. Ford Motor is moving ahead with plans to shift production of small cars to Mexico from Michigan, while “two very important products” will be built in its U.S. factories, Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields told Reuters on Tuesday.

President-elect Donald Trump has criticized Ford for the decision to shift production of Focus small cars toMexico in 2018, and said he would consider levying tariffs on Mexican-made Fords. Trump has also said he wants to scrap the North American Free Trade agreement, which also includes Canada, and to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to stop undocumented immigrants.

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What President Trump’s Mexico-bashing May Look Like in Practice

11/9/2016 The Economist

ENRIQUE PEÑA NIETO, the president of Mexico, was roundly castigated at home for meeting Donald Trump in August. Mr Trump, then the Republican presidential nominee, is reviled south of the border for calling Mexican migrants rapists, and for promising that he would force Mexico to pay for a wall between the two countries. In his defence Mr Peña said it was important to begin a dialogue early, with a view to reducing the potential harm a Trump presidency could cause Mexico.

That strategy is about to be put to the test. In Mexico the immediate effect of Mr Trump’s victory has been to send the already weak peso tumbling to new lows. Throughout the campaign the currency reacted badly to any perceived improvements in the Republican’s chances of victory. On early Wednesday morning it fell to more than 20 to the dollar—its biggest drop since 1994—on fears about the future of trade with the United States.

[…] Cooperation on matters of security is also of vital importance, and relations in this area are currently better than at any point in the past ten years, suggests Duncan Wood, head of the Mexico Institute of the Wilson Center in Washington, DC. Given that Mr Trump has complained about Mexican drug-traffickers coming into America, the chances of his undermining the very interactions that aim to keep them out are minimal. […]

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Call for Applicants: Spring 2017 Internships

MexicoInstitute_miThe Mexico Institute seeks spring, summer, and fall interns. There are three different intern positions, please specify which you are applying for. Please review full guidelines and application instructions.  Applications should be received no later than the deadlines listed below. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 
Outreach and Communications Intern

Opening Date: Spring 2017

Deadline: November 15, 2016

Internship Description: The Mexico Institute is looking for an intern to aid in the implementation of the Mexico Institute’s communications and social media strategy. These internships are designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy. Interns will gain valuable experience in a variety of projects such as managing the Mexico Institute’s social media accounts, creating infographics, providing research support for op-eds and other publications, conference/event organization, and other traditional media outreach. The Intern will be responsible for updating the Mexico Institute blog and social media accounts, preparing daily news clippings, researching for and creating infographics to promote topics/recent events in U.S.-Mexico relations, as well as upcoming events and publications, and aiding with other office activities. The Intern will help manage and explore other outreach strategies, such as the use of video, and will work on various projects related to: Security & Rule of Law, Economics & Competitiveness and Innovation, Energy, Border Issues, and Migration & Migrants.

Eligibility Requirements: Successful applicants should have strong research and administrative skills, be detail-oriented, be able to work independently and collectively as part of a group, and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, a recent graduate (within the last year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program. Strong writing skills and language ability in both English and Spanish are preferred. Experience with graphic design (Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Photoshop), video (YouTube, Facebook Live, Whiteboard), translation experience and knowledge of Mexico will be considered assets. This is a paid internship.

Application Instructions: To apply, send resume, cover letter, a 3-5 page writing sample, and 1-2 examples of infographics. Clearly state your availability and desired schedule in your application. All materials should be submitted together to Mexico@wilsoncenter.org. In the subject line, please use the following format: Last name, Outreach and Communications Internship Application. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the number of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

For more information about the Mexico Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center, visit our website.

International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internships. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Visa Officer at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at the Center. The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

 

Graduate Research Intern

Opening Date: Spring 2017

Deadline: November 15, 2016

Internship Description: The Mexico Institute is looking for a graduate intern with strong quantitative and qualitative research skills. This internship is designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy. Interns will gain valuable experience in a variety of projects such as public policy research and analysis; conference organization; editing and publishing reports, and other support of Center activities.

Eligibility Requirements: Successful applicants should have strong research skills, be detail-oriented, and be able to work independently and as part of a group. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, a recent graduate (within the last year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program. Strong writing skills and language ability in both English and Spanish are preferred. Knowledge and research experience on trade and economics, Mexico, and U.S.-Latin America relations  are highly preferred. This is a paid internship.

Application Instructions: To apply, send resume, cover letter, and a 3-5 page writing sample. Clearly state your availability and desired schedule in your application. All materials should be submitted together to Mexico@wilsoncenter.org. In the subject line, please use the following format: Last Name, Graduate Research Internship Application. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the number of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

For more information about the Mexico Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center, visit our website.

International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internships. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Visa Officer at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at the Center. The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

 

Virtual Graphic Design Intern

Opening Date: Spring 2017

Deadline: November 15, 2016

Internship Description: The Mexico Institute is looking for a virtual intern to aid in the graphic design of Mexico Institute projects. This internship is designed to provide the individual selected with the opportunity for practical graphic design experience for a public policy institution. Responsibilities include but are not limited to creation of info-graphics, data visualization, publication design, and work virtually with Mexico Institute staff on various design projects. Internship is 10-15 hours per week and is done entirely remotely and through a computer. The intern does not report to a physical work location at the Wilson Center; instead, the intern works on projects from their home, academic institution, or other location determined by the intern. This is an unpaid internship.

Eligibility Requirements: Successful applicants should have strong visualization and mock-up skills, be detail-oriented, be able to work independently and effectively without supervision, and follow instructions and style guides. Applicant must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, a recent graduate (within the last year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program. International applicants are welcome. Experience with graphic design (Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and/or Photoshop) is required. Experience with Microsoft Excel is a plus. Knowledge of Mexico will be considered an asset, but is not required.

Application Instructions: To apply, send resume, cover letter, and a portfolio of graphic work samples. Clearly state in your application your availability and that you understand  the internship is virtual and unpaid. All materials should be submitted together to Mexico@wilsoncenter.org. In the subject line, please use the following format: Last name, Virtual Graphic Design Internship Application. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the number of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

For more information about the Mexico Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center, visit our website.

 

Peña Nieto: ‘Mexico and the USA are friends’

11/9/16 The Washington Post

PenaNietoThe morning after Donald Trump’s victory, the president of Mexico, Peña Nieto, expressed his willingness to work with the president-elect.

“I congratulate the USA on its electoral process and I reiterate to Donald Trump our willingness to work together in support of bilateral relations,” Nieto said on Twitter, according to the Guardian.

“Mexico and the USA are friends, partners and allies that must continue collaborating for the competitiveness and the development of North America.”

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