Who would be Trump’s ambassador to Mexico?

09/28/16 The Washington Post

8566730507_352f080b34_o (1)Don’t laugh — it’s a serious question.

Who would fill the hardest position in a Trump administration? Not Twitter stenographer. Not presidential hairdresser. We’re talking about the man or woman who is going to get Mexico to pay for The Wall.

Career diplomats have typically filled the post of U.S. ambassador to Mexico since the 1990s. The current ambassador, Roberta Jacobson, was just confirmed in April, but could find her tenure cut short if Trump wins the White House.

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In Mexico, they were hoping Clinton would do better

09/26/16 Los Angeles Times

Trump has attracted widespread hostility in Mexico for his threats to deport immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, and to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In the wake of Monday night’s presidential debate, some analysts here were disappointed that Clinton did not do better.

“Clinton wins the debate; the key question is if this first debate stops the momentum of Trump,” Arturo Sarukan, a former Mexican ambassador in Washington, said on Twitter.  “Not yet I think.”

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What Can Mexico Do About Trump?

09/27/16 The New York Times 

Border - MexicoWhen Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, the Mexican secretary of the economy, came to talk to me last week about trade and the American elections, I didn’t expect him to drag up the old spat between Mexico and the United States over trucks.

Back when it signed on to the North American Free Trade Agreement more than 20 years ago, the United States committed that in the year 2000 it would lift restrictions that kept Mexican trucks from hauling cargo inside the United States, forcing them instead to dump their loads at the border. But when the time came, under pressure from the Teamsters and the union’s allies in Congress, Washington backed out.

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Mexico town women vote locally for first time

09/22/16 BBC News

Elections.JPGWomen in a community in southern Mexico have voted in local elections for the first time, after winning a three-year battle for the right to choose a mayor and councillors alongside their male relatives.

Women have had the vote in Mexican presidential, general and regional elections since 1953, but the persistence of traditional law in parts of Oaxaca state means many towns have men-only voter lists for local polls, El Universal newspaper reports.

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Forget Trump’s Wall: For Mexico, the Election Is About Nafta

09/23/16 The New York Times

mexico-usa-flag-montageTOLUCA, Mexico — In this industrial city near the Mexican capital, workers gather outside the gates of a sprawling Chrysler plant for a late shift assembling Dodge Journey S.U.V.s. It’s a sought-after job, with carworkers in Mexico earning an average of about $5 an hour, compared to the nation’s minimum wage of less than $4 for the whole day. Yet it is a fifth of what autoworkers make in Detroit, and that has helped Mexico become a global powerhouse in car production. The finished products can be seen in the parking lot: thousands of shiny new S.U.V.s, black, white, silver, red, waiting to be shipped around the planet, particularly to the United States, where Americans bought 100,000 Journeys last year.

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What Hillary Clinton Told Us About Mexico And The Political Power Of Young Latinos

09/22/16 The Huffington Post 

Hillary Clinton StateMexico has featured prominently in the 2016 presidential election, often as a catalyst for hostility and anti-trade sentiment among GOP voters. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump launched his unlikely candidacy on the central promise of building a wall (financed by Mexico) between the United States and its southern neighbor. The real estate mogul turned presidential candidate has repeatedly and falsely accused Mexico of sending criminals, rapists and drug dealers into the U.S. Trump’s rocky relationship with Mexico reached its nadir in late August after a surprise meeting with current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto resulted in protests and a Twitter feud over who would pay for the wall.

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Mexico Peso Ends Worst Streak in 7 Months on Intervention Bets

09/21/16 Bloomberg

peso by Guanatos GwynThe Mexican peso ended its longest losing streak since February as traders bet the central bank will step in to stem losses fueled by concern over the outcome of the U.S. presidential race.

The peso strengthened 0.4 percent to 19.7257 per dollar as of 5:23 a.m. in Mexico City, its first advance on a closing basis in seven days. The move is in line with currencies of other commodity producers as oil prices climbed back toward $45 per barrel in New York and the Bank of Japan’s monetary stimulus boosted demand for riskier assets.

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