UPDATE 1-GM workers in Mexico defeat union in first test of US trade deal

08/19/2021

Source: Yahoo! Finance

MEXICO CITY, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Workers at a General Motors pickup plant in the central Mexican city of Silao have voted to scrap their collective contract, opening the door for them to oust one of Mexico’s largest labor organizations as their union in a historic move.

The vote marked the first test of labor rules under a new trade deal that replaced the 1994 North American Free Agreement (NAFTA), with a series of safeguards agreed by Mexico and the United States to ensure a fair vote.

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‘Not normal’: Big flow of U.S. arms to Mexico ‘can’t be denied,’ author says

8/18/2021

Source: NBC News

In the last four years, Ioan Grillo traveled thousands of kilometers in crossings that took him from Mexico to the United States, Germany, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Colombia, while following a trail of iron and blood. Beyond the multimillion-dollar figures and chilling statistics, the writer was looking for answers to an ethical dilemma.

Grillo asked an arms dealer in Bulgaria, “Are you worried that the weapons you sell, legally, may later fall into the hands of criminals or terrorists?” The man stared at him and said no.

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Hurricane Grace makes landfall near Mexico’s Tulum temples

8/19/2021

Source: The Associated Press

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Grace struck Mexico’s Caribbean coast just south of the ancient Mayan temples of Tulum early Thursday, pushing a dangerous storm surge. Heavy rain and strong winds threatened to destroy flimsier homes and keep tourists off white sand beaches until it crosses the Yucatan Peninsula.

The Category 1 storm had already soaked earthquake-damaged Haiti, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands en route to a direct hit on the Riviera Maya, the heart of Mexico’s tourism industry. Grace’s center struck just south of Tulum at 4:45 a.m. CDT with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kmh), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

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Mexico sues US gunmakers, but will it make a dent in trafficking?

08/18/2021

Source: Al Jazeera

Mexico City, Mexico – Three years ago, Cresencio “Chencho” Pacheco became one of the estimated 357,000 people in Mexico forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict and violence.

Pacheco became a spokesperson for himself and 1,600 of his neighbours who fled their villages in the mountains of Guerrero state when a local group armed with hand grenades and firearms took over the territory for drug trafficking and other illegal activities.

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7 Mexican states report growth in Covid case numbers; Saturday figures almost break record

08/16/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Federal health authorities said another 7,172 new Covid-19 cases were reported Monday as the third wave of the coronavirus continues to show steady growth.

There were 272 deaths reported Monday and 133,866 active cases.

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Court orders Biden to reinstate Trump’s ‘remain in Mexico’ policy

08/14/2021

Source: Reuters

A federal judge has ordered President Joe Biden’s administration to reinstate his Republican predecessor’s “remain in Mexico” policy, which forced tens of thousands of Central American asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. court cases.

In a victory for the states of Missouri and Texas, which brought the suit, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk said on Friday that the Biden administration had violated laws on procedure by failing to consider “several of the main benefits” of the program and acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” in ending it.

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Mexico drug cartels target media in battle for territory

08/16/2021

Source: The Financial Times

In the video aired on social media, masked men armed with assault weapons spoke directly to Azucena Uresti, a prominent Mexican journalist.

“I will find you wherever you are and I will make you eat your words, even if they accuse me of femicide,” said one of the men, claiming to relay a message from drug lord Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, “El Mencho”, the head of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

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Excessive speed likely cause of accidents that killed 7 on Mexico-Cuernavaca

8/16/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

A series of four related accidents that left seven people dead and at least 15 injured on the Mexico-Cuernavaca toll highway Sunday were likely caused by extreme speeding, the federal highways agency (Capufe) said.

In total 13 motorcycles, two tractor-trailers, a white pickup truck and at least 12 other vehicles were involved in the crashes which closed the highway for five hours in the direction of Morelos.

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Growing Share of Migrants From Outside Mexico, Central America Poses Challenge for Biden

8/16/2021

Source: The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—Migrants from South America, the Caribbean and as far as Eastern Europe are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally at an unprecedented rate, a trend accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic that is raising fresh consternation inside the Biden administration.

Until about seven years ago, nearly all the people crossing into the U.S. were Mexicans in search of work. In 2014, for the first time, the majority of those crossing the southern border became children and families from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador arriving to claim asylum, a dynamic around which the current administration has formed its migration policy response.

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Mexico deports Central Americans after being flown in by US

08/11/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Central American migrants being expelled by the United States and flown deep into Mexico for deportation to their homelands drew concerns from U.N. agencies Wednesday about the treatment of vulnerable migrants needing humanitarian protection.

Details of the highly unusual bilateral effort also began trickling out, with a Guatemalan official saying that Mexico is busing Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans to remote border crossings with Guatemala after they arrive on U.S. government flights. Mexican immigration agency buses are unloading migrants from those flights at international crossings in El Carmen and El Ceibo. The latter is a particularly remote outpost where there is a small shelter, but little else.

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