Mexico and U.S. vow to expand cooperation to address immigration in high-level talks


Source: Reuters

Top Mexican and U.S. officials discussed increasing bilateral cooperation to address immigration during a meeting in Mexico City, the Mexican foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

Mexican Foreign Ninister Marcelo Ebrard met in Mexico City with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and the National Security Council’s senior director for the Western Hemisphere, Juan Gonzalez.


Harris hails ‘new era’ with Mexico during Lopez Obrador meeting


Source: Aljazeera

US Vice President Kamala Harris has said the United States’ relationship with Mexico is entering “a new era”, as Harris met with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City on Tuesday to discuss immigration from Central America, among other issues.

Harris and Lopez Obrador were on-hand for the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the work the countries’ development agencies plan to undertake in the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.


U.S.-Mexico Efforts Targeting Drug Cartels Have Unraveled, Top DEA Official Says


Source: NPR

A senior Drug Enforcement Administration official told NPR efforts to target drug cartels operating inside Mexico have unraveled because of a breakdown in cooperation between law enforcement agencies and militaries in the two countries.

“We’re willing to share [intelligence] with our counterparts in Mexico, but they themselves are too afraid to even engage with us because of repercussions from their own government if they get caught working with DEA,” said Matthew Donahue, the DEA’s deputy chief of operations.


Mexico Is Among The Top 10 Countries Paying Washington Lobbyists

Forbes, 05/29/14

President Obama visits Mexico President Enrique Pena NietoMexico ranked fifth and is the only Latin American country among the 10-top countries that spent the most to push their agendas and interests in the U.S. in 2013, according to a new analysis by theSunlight Foundation, a Washington-based nonprofit transparency group that tracks foreign influence in the U.S.

Based on records filed with the Department of Justice, the group shows that during the first year of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, Mexico spent $6.1 million in lobbying efforts and legal services, plus an additional $4.2 million in tourist promotion. This brings the total price tag to $9.5 million.


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U.S. and Mexico quietly building trust on their own terms

Dallas News, 10/4/2013

President Obama visits Mexico President Enrique Pena NietoTen months into the administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, a still-undefined arrangement on security cooperation continues to frustrate U.S. officials, although unofficially day-to-day communication between authorities on the ground remains largely unchanged. Interviews with U.S. and Mexican officials and academics indicate that, despite directives from the top of the Mexican government and a return to a more traditional nationalistic tone, the two sides are quietly dealing with the vexing issues of security and building trust on their own terms.

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Mexico and the U.S. look into oil agreement (in Spanish)

America Economia, 4/22/2009

oil-rigsThe U.S. and Mexico are considering a new area of focus for bilateral cooperation, this time on energy, after having established an official working agenda developing a treaty that would allow joint exploration of transborder deposits located in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mexican Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons from the Secretariat of Energy, Mario Gabriel Budebo, explained that the agreement would divide the petroleum that is found in deposits that are located on both sides of the border. These discussions are taking place because there are only a few months before the moratorium of ten years on the exploration of deep-water reserves that are divided between Mexico and the U.S. officially ends.

The end of the moratorium opens the possibility that oil companies that operate in U.S. territory could begin exploring border deposits in the Gulf without any restrictions as soon as January 2010.

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Remarks With Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa After Their Meeting

U.S. Department of State, 3/25/2009

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa held a press conference in Mexico City in which they discussed bilateral cooperation on the economy, energy, climate change, security, immigration, education, health, and other areas.

Clinton highlighted that in the partnership, the U.S. needs to be a better listener.

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Clinton Visits Mexico As Cartel Crackdown Begins

Washington Post, 3/25/2009

hillary-clinton-stateSecretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will begin a trip to Mexico today aimed at strengthening relations with America’s southern neighbor at a moment when it is facing an explosion of drug violence that is challenging the government’s control over its territory.

Mexican authorities, who have long complained about a lack of U.S. action on the cross-border drug trade, cheered the announcement. Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa called it “consistent with the bilateral cooperation in the fight against organized crime.” But the Mexican government clearly is hoping for more.

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