A First: Mexico Imports More Vehicles To U.S. Than Any Other Nation

6/11/19 – Forbes

By Ken Roberts


For the first time, Mexico imported more motor vehicles into the United States than any other nation.

According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Mexico surpassed Japan for the month of April  to rank ahead of it and Canada. Canada ranked first for all but a few months over the last decade until recently, when Japan was more likely to rank first.

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How Mexico talked Trump out of tariff threat with immigration crackdown pact

6/10/19 – Washington Post

By Nick Miroff, Kevin Sieff, and John Wagner


Mexican negotiators persuaded President Trump to back down from his tariff threat by agreeing to an unprecedented crackdown on Central American migrants and accepting more-expansive measures in Mexico if the initial efforts don’t deliver quick results, according to officials from both governments and documents reviewed by The Washington Post.

The enforcement measures Mexico has promised include the deployment of a militarized national guard at the Guatemalan border, thousands of additional migrant arrests per week and the acceptance of busloads of asylum seekers turned away from the U.S. border daily, all geared toward cutting the migrant flow sharply in coming weeks. The measures, described by officials from both sides and included in Mexican negotiating documents reviewed by The Post, appear to be more substantial than what the Mexican government has attempted thus far during the precipitous rise in migration to the U.S. border.

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Trump: Mexico immigration deal has additional measures not yet made public

6/10/19 – Washington Post

By Nick Miroff, Kevin Sieff and John Wagner



President Trump said Monday that his immigration deal with Mexico has “fully signed and documented” provisions that have not yet been publicly disclosed, hinting at a regional accord under discussion during the negotiations that would make it much harder for Central Americans to seek refuge in the United States.

“It will be revealed in the not too distant future,” Trump wrote in early morning tweets, describing the measures as “an important part” of the deal with Mexico and “one that the U.S. has been asking about getting for many years.”

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No Secret Immigration Deal Exists With U.S., Mexico’s Foreign Minister Says

6/10/19 – New York Times

By Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman

6-10-19The Mexican foreign minister said Monday that no secret immigration deal existed between his country and the United States, directly contradicting President Trump’s claim on Twitter that a “fully signed and documented” agreement would be revealed soon.

Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s top diplomat, said at a news conference in Mexico City that there was an understanding that both sides would evaluate the flow of migrants in the coming months. And if the number of migrants crossing the United States border was not significantly reduced, he said, both sides had agreed to renew discussions about more aggressive changes to regional asylum rules that could make a bigger impact.

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Mexico given 45 days to curb migrant flow to US

6/10/19 – BBC News


The US has given Mexico 45 days to reduce the number of migrants crossing its territory on their way to the US. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Monday gave details of a deal reached with the US to avert the imposition of tariffs on Mexican goods.

Even though no specific target has been set, the measures taken by Mexico to curb the migrant flow will be evaluated in mid July, Mr Ebrard said. If the number was not down by then, a regional solution would be sought.

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Trump, New Mexican President Discuss Migration but Not Wall

12/13/2018 – The New York Times

downloadWASHINGTON — The White House says President Donald Trump and the new leader of Mexico discussed “positive relations” between the two countries in a phone call this week. But Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters that he and Trump have never discussed the contentious topic of the border wall.

Lopez Obrador’s statement Thursday came less than an hour after Trump asserted in a tweet that Mexico was paying for the border wall through the savings the U.S. garnered in the renegotiated free trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.

The two leaders spoke by phone Wednesday about immigration and Lopez Obrador’s push for a Marshall Plan-like effort to spur economic development in Central America.

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Mexico to invest $30 billion to boost growth, stem migration, foreign minister says

12/11/2018 – Reuters

Mexico’s new leader says relations with Trump good

12/05/2018 – The Washington Post

(Moises Castillo/Associated Press)

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s leftist new president said Wednesday that relations with U.S. President Donald Trump are “good,” and the two will probably talk soon about the immigration issue.

Many analysts had been expecting President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to run into headlong conflict with Trump, especially since a caravan of about 7,000 Central American migrants set up camp on the U.S. border last month. The caravan’s presence, and an attempt to cross the border en masse, led Trump to threaten to close the border.

But Lopez Obrador said he is hopeful the two sides can agree on development aid for Central America and southern Mexico to create jobs so people won’t have to emigrate.

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The U.S.-Mexico Relationship Is About to Get Weirder

11/29/2018 – The Atlantic

Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during a rally in Mexico City on September 29, 2018.HENRY ROMERO / REUTERS

By Andrés Martinez

The president of the United States is threatening to close the border with Mexico to prevent the entry of Central Americans seeking asylum. He is also threatening to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t finance his border wall. All this in the same week that he intends to sign a new, revised North American Free Trade Agreement, rebranded as the USMCA.

It’s a confusing juxtaposition for Mexicans tired of President Donald Trump’s bombastic rhetoric as well as for ardent Trump supporters and Fox News viewers who must wonder why the U.S. would ever enter into a free-trade agreement with that country.

The situation may yet become more confusing, and surreal, after Andrés Manuel López Obrador is sworn in as the new president of Mexico on Saturday. Although it’s not popular to point this out south of the border, AMLO, as he’s known, shares a few traits with Trump, including disdain for deeper economic integration with the outside world. That’s why it’s rather convenient for him that outgoing President Enrique Peña Nieto will sign the deal with Washington and Ottawa in the final hours of his administration (although AMLO’s representatives grudgingly approved it).

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US and Mexico Face Stark Choices as New President Takes Over

11/29/2018 – The New York Times

7BCDBA25-7F5C-459B-A31E-B774E1C4EDF9-770x469MEXICO CITY — Migrants, trade, crime, the border wall: The challenges to the modern U.S.-Mexico relationship have perhaps never been as stark and divisive as they are now, at a critical juncture for both countries.

With a new president preparing to take power in Mexico City this weekend and the Trump administration set to enter its third year, the two neighbors find themselves lurching between crisis and opportunity on each front. While a trade dispute that President Donald Trump had fanned with great enthusiasm seems set to ease, the other issues remain unresolved and potential flashpoints for both countries.

“This is really a key moment,” said Earl Anthony Wayne, a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico. “There are very serious short-term problems that have to be managed and managed in a way that can solidify relations over the course of the next six years.”

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