Why the U.S.-Mexico Relationship Matters

1/6/2015 Politico

By Enrique Peña Nieto

Enrique Pena NietoThe United States and Mexico have enjoyed a unique and flourishing relationship over the past decades. I am delighted to start 2015 by visiting Washington, D.C., and embarking on new ways in which Mexico and the United States can strengthen our ties in order to make North America the most prosperous and competitive region in the world.

Our countries have an intense economic relationship that is spread over a myriad of areas. Since the beginning of my administration, I have worked with President Barack Obama to create bilateral mechanisms that harness the full potential of our relationship. We are already seeing concrete results from the High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED), the Mexico-U.S. Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) and the 21st Century Border Action Plan of 2014.

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Obama Promises Partnership With Mexico in Battling Drug Cartels

1/6/2015 Bloomberg Business

President Obama visits Mexico President Enrique Pena NietoPresident Barack Obama promised Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto help in the fight against drug cartels and said the U.S. will keep pressing to expand democracy and human rights in Latin America, including Cuba.

The two leaders also discussed cross-border immigration and boosting trade and economic growth in both countries during Pena Nieto’s first visit to Washington since 2012.

The kidnapping and alleged killing of 43 students by a cartel working with local police in a southern Mexico town, was at the center of talks about Mexico’s security situation. Obama said the administration has been following the events.

“Our commitment is to be a friend and partner with Mexico in its efforts to eliminate the scourge of violence and drug cartels,” Obama told reporters following his meeting with Pena Nieto in the Oval Office.

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Mexico’s Peña Nieto to meet Obama at the White House

1/6/2015 Al Jazeera America


Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood discusses the Mexican president’s visit to the United States in this interview on Al Jazeera America.

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Time to Reinvigorate the U.S.-Mexico Security Relationship

1/6/2015 The Hill

By Duncan Wood, Mexico Institute Director

Bernardo Montoya/Reuters
Bernardo Montoya/Reuters

What a difference a year makes. 12 months ago Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was the darling of international observers, having negotiated a landmark energy reform through the nation’s Congress, capping off an extraordinary year of constitutional (and other) reforms. Although economic growth had been sluggish, it was expected that it would take off with higher government spending, increased consumer confidence and renewed export growth to the United States. On the security front a number of successes had been achieved, with the arrest or elimination of high ranking organized crime leaders and a falling homicide rate. Early in 2014, of course, the Peña Nieto administration was able to celebrate the capture of the most notorious of all cartel leaders, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Since then, however, there has been a steady stream of bad news out of Mexico. Economic growth has continued to disappoint, hitting only 2.3 percent over the year, despite rising fiscal revenues and the successful passage of implementing legislation for the energy reform in August. But the administration’s biggest disappointments have to do with the rule of law. Despite the capture of Guzman and a number of other big names during the year, the government faced a breakdown of law and order in the western state of Michoacan, a worsening violence problem in the border state of Tamaulipas, the massacre of 22 suspected organized crime members in Tlatlaya in the state of Mexico and the disappearance (and suspected murder) of 43 students in Ayotzinapa in the south-western state of Guerrero.

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Obama Seeking Pena Nieto’s Help in Pressing for Opening of Cuba

1/6/2015 Bloomberg

President Obama visits Mexico President Enrique Pena NietoPresident Barack Obama wants to enlist Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in pressuring Cuba to move toward democracy now that the U.S. is opening the relationship.

Cuba will be among the topics of discussion when Pena Nieto arrives Tuesday for his first White House meeting with Obama since taking office, along with Mexico’s security situation and U.S. immigration law, according to an administration official.

Obama is seeking to leverage Mexico’s longstanding ties to Cuba as the U.S. seeks to end more than a half-century of estrangement from the island nation 90 miles (145 kilometers) off the coast of Florida, according to the official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity to preview the talks.

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Amidst Crises at Home, Mexico Should Deepen Cooperation with the United States


By Christopher Wilson

obama_nieto_featureMexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto arrives in Washington today looking for a boost in the midst of the toughest months of his presidency. To make the visit a successful one, President Peña ought to support undocumented Mexican citizens in the United States that are eligible to apply for deferred action through President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration, redouble U.S.-Mexico cooperation to strengthen Mexico’s law enforcement institutions, and continue to push for increased U.S.-Mexican cooperation on issues related to trade and manufacturing. Without tangible outcomes on these important issues, the visit could look like more of a distraction from Mexico’s troubles than part of a solution to them.

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Obama Urges Congress to Approve $4 Billion in Funds for Immigration Crisis

07/9/14 TIME

????????President Barack Obama called on Congress to swiftly approve nearly $4 billion in supplemental funding to deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors at the Southwest border Wednesday, saying lawmakers need to set aside politics to solve the problem.

“Are we more interested in politics, or are we more interested in solving the problem,” Obama said in statement late in the day after a meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry and local faith leaders in Dallas to deal with the months-long crisis.

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