Mexican Workers on Border Get Vaccines to Aid Them, and the U.S. Economy

07/27/2021

Source: The New York Times

They labor in factories in Mexico producing goods U.S. consumers enjoy. But where American communities are awash in unused coronavirus vaccines, Mexican workers are often hard-pressed to find a single shot.

On one recent morning, however, hundreds of workers from the factories known as maquiladoras were waved across the border into San Diego, without visas or passports, and rolled up their sleeves to be vaccinated. An hour later, they were back on production lines in Tijuana.

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Mexico proposes reopening border with U.S. city by city depending on vaccination rates

07/07/2021

Source: Reuters

The Mexican government has proposed to the United States a staggered reopening of the shared U.S.-Mexico land border city by city depending on vaccination rates, Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday.

U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least July 21, the U.S. Homeland Security Department said last month, extending restrictions that were put in place last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Texas-Chihuahua-New Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum

Save the date: Border Legislative ConferenceTexas-Chihuahua-New Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum. September 12, 2014 in El Paso, Texas.

The Texas-Chihuahua-New Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum is being organized by the Border Legislative Conference, a binational mechanism of cooperation among legislators of the 10 U.S. – Mexico border states, along with the Office of Congressman Beto O’Rourke and with the support of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute.

In it, we will have the opportunity to discuss the main issues and challenges, about the Mexico-U.S. Border. Among the attendees there will be U.S. Congressmen as  Joaquin Castro, Henry Cuellar, Bill Owens, and Steve Pearce. Additionaly, there will be public servants from both sides of the border such as Oscar Leeser, Mayor of El Paso; Enrique Serrano, Mayor of Ciudad Juárez, among many others.

Please join us in this engaging discussion, RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1BbW7K4

 

 

Mexico Army: Border City Killings Plunge This Year

ABC News/ The Associated Press, 07/12/2012

Killings by criminal gangs in the drug violence-wracked border city of Ciudad Juarez fell by 42 percent in the first six months of this year from the same period of 2011, Mexico’s army said Wednesday.

Gen. Emilio Zarate, the local army commander, attributed the drop to the weakening of the local Juarez drug cartel and the rival Gente Nueva gang, which is allied with the powerful Sinaloa cartel. The two cartels have fought turf battles since 2008 that notoriously made this city across the border from El Paso, Texas the most violent city in Mexico.

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Medical Tourists Can Speed Through U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing

Fronteras, 5/3/12

The Mexican border town of Mexicali is making a push for more tourists from the American Southwest to visit that city’s dentists, surgeons and doctors. Starting April 30, medical tourists from the U.S. with the right documents will be able to skip much of the wait on the Mexican side of the border by using a new designated medical tourism lane.

Mexicali’s tourism director, Omar Dipp, says the new lane is one part of the city’s plan to boost medical tourism by 50 percent. “So you can drive to Mexicali, take care of your health, and you can only do 20 minutes to cross the border instead of two hours,” Dipp said.

Foreign patients will be able to request a pass from Mexican doctors who are participating in the program. That pass, plus a doctor’s receipt and foreign license plates, will allow patients access to the special lane. Once in the lane, vehicles are supposed to be able to bypass the traffic on the Mexican side of the border crossing, and cut to nearly the front of the line.

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Mexico presidential favorite eyes border tax break

Reuters, 4/1/12

The front-runner in Mexico’s presidential election campaign said on Sunday he would create tax incentives to revive economic life along the U.S. border that has been depressed by drug violence.

“To strengthen the market and the export power of Ciudad Juarez, we need to provide emergency treatment through the tax system,” Enrique Pena Nieto, favorite to win the July election, told supporters in this industrial city on the U.S. border.

Roughly 80 percent of Mexican exports are shipped over the northern border, including cars, electronics and other appliances assembled in Mexico from components that were shipped south from the United States and Canada.

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Mexico: Army will stay, despite recent protests

Associated Press, 2/19/2009

mexican-armyMexico’s president said Thursday the army will continue to battle the country’s drug cartels, despite recent protests asking for the soldiers’ withdrawal.

Hundreds of people blocked bridges to the United States in three border cities Tuesday, demanding the army leave and accusing soldiers of abuse. Both state and federal officials have alleged the protests are organized by drug gangs, noting that some of the protesters masked their faces.

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