June 19, 2015
6/17/15 Washington Times
In a move that adds momentum to efforts to integrate immigrants, California is on the cusp of extending state-subsidized health care coverage to children from low-income families who are in the country illegally.
Democrats, immigration groups and health care advocates celebrated the announcement as both a cost-saving move and social progress for the state’s estimated 2.5 million immigrants who are in the country illegally. Critics, however, worry that the overburdened state-funded health program can’t handle another 170,000 children.
October 22, 2014
Coal exports from the U.S. West Coast rose to the highest in more than a decade amid demand from Mexico and Asia, providing a market for the power-plant fuel amid lower domestic consumption. Shipments from the western U.S. are up 35 percent to about 5 million tons through the first six months of this year, led by an almost six-fold jump in cargoes leaving San Francisco, according to the Energy Information Administration. That comes even as nationwide exports have fallen 15 percent.
September 24, 2014
Brown signed a bilateral pact with Mexico in July to boost cross-border investments in renewable energy, biofuels and other clean energy technologies. Last year, he traveled to China, the world’s top carbon polluter, and signed an agreement to bolster climate-change cooperation.
September 17, 2014
09/16/14 The Desert Sun
Expect to see more cooperation among tourism officials in California and Mexico to grow cross-border travel. The state has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mexico to grow tourism between the two. Visit California, the state tourism organization, launched a $1 million marketing campaign this spring in Mexico to drive summer bookings, including Visit California’s first broadcast advertising in Mexico inviting consumers to “come to California and dream big too.” Visit California anticipates that air arrivals from Mexico to California will increase by 19 percent from 2013 to 2016.
August 28, 2014
08/26/14 Los Angeles Times
Gov. Jerry Brown and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto shared the stage in Los Angeles to speak about opportunities for the Golden State and its southern neighbor to work together on business opportunities, climate change and higher education.
“We share language, territory, trade,” Brown said Monday at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, where Peña Nieto kicked off a two-day trip to California. “We share the sun, the wind, businesses like oil production.”
August 27, 2014
08/27/14 Los Angeles Times
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto thanked California’s leaders Tuesday for welcoming immigrants from his country — even those who came illegally — as he capped his first official trip to the United States.
California’s policies, which include tuition assistance at public universities and drivers’ licenses for immigrants who are in the country illegally, are a “recognition of human dignity,” Peña Nieto said in a speech to a joint session of the California Legislature.
August 26, 2014
08/26/14 The Guardian
Mexico’s president spoke of the need for US immigration reform on a two-day visit to migrant-friendly California, saying those who reject diversity and inclusion will ultimately be proven wrong.
“We want to be a factor of cohesion, not division, with full respect for the sovereignty of the United States,” President Enrique Pena Nieto said Monday. “This, at the end, is about — and only about — a matter of justice for those who contribute so much to the development of the American society.”