Mexico mayors demand more security after weekend murders

07/25/2016 BBC News

san juan chamulaMayors in Mexico have demanded they be given extra protection after two of their number were killed in separate incidents on Saturday.

The National Association of Mayors asked the federal government to offer added security to mayors “at risk”.

On Saturday, the mayor of the town of Pungabarato in southern Guerrero state was shot dead only hours after a mayor in southern Chiapas had been killed.

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Common ground Poll finds U.S.-Mexico border residents overwhelmingly value mobility, oppose wall

07/18/18 The Dallas Morning News

fence at borderResidents who live along the U.S.-Mexico border overwhelmingly prefer bridges over fences and are dead set against building a new wall, according to a Cronkite News-Univision-Dallas Morning News poll.

Outsiders may warn of imminent danger along the U.S.-Mexico border. But the poll found people who live here view themselves as part of a misunderstood community that wants easy mobility for daily commuting, less waiting on international bridge lines and an easier path to U.S. citizenship.

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Mexican President to Visit Obama Day After GOP Convention Ends

07/14/2016 Bloomberg

obama penaMexico President Enrique Pena Nieto will visit President Barack Obama at the White House the day after the Republican convention where Donald Trump is expected to become the party’s nominee, highlighting cooperation between the two nations amid a wave of anti-immigrant and anti-Nafta campaign rhetoric.

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Latest Guerrero, Mexico Arrest Promises Little Change in Insecurity

07/12/16 Insight Crime 

HA.jpgThe capture of an alleged local Knights Templar chief on the coast of Guerrero promises to bring down insecurity in one of Mexico‘s most violent states, say authorities. But it will take more than that to stave the soaring homicide rate in the country’s top heroin-producing region.

Alberto or Edilberto Bravo Barragán, alias “El Galiván,” was captured in an operation carried out jointly by the Federal Police and Mexican military in Zihuatanejo on July 11, without a shot being fired, according to a government press release.

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Migration is a business on Mexico’s southern border

06/08/16 MarketPlace

fence at borderThere’s a black market that thrives every day in the very shadow of the legal border crossings that link Mexico and Guatemala — to the chagrin of the United States. After the unaccompanied minors crisis in 2014, when thousands of Central American children arrived on the U.S. border after transiting Mexico, the U.S. started spending millions of dollars to help Mexico secure its very porous southern border with Guatemala.

But little has changed on a large section of the Guatemala-Mexico border marked by the Rio Suchiate, historically a transit point for goods and people in either direction.

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NAFTA Seen Key to Preserving US-Mexico Relationship

06/28/2016 Atlantic Council

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It would be a “disaster” to cut trade relations with Mexico, Carlos Gutierrez, who served as US secretary of commerce in the George W. Bush administration, said at the Atlantic Council on June 27.

“[The North American Free Trade Agreement] is worth about one trillion dollars and companies have been setting up supply chains in these three countries for the past twenty years. We need to preserve this embedded infrastructure,” said Gutierrez.

 

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There’s one wall Mexico could break down

21/06/16 Business Insider

border_at_Tijuana Tomas CastelazoYou may not be alone these days if you believe that Donald Trump will build a wall between the US and Mexico as President of the United States. But rather than paying for it, we could see Mexico in the future breaking down a separate wall that is already creating frictions with the US: the wall of invisible trade barriers.

Two former Presidents of the Latin American nation, Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderon, said in March that there is ” no way ” Mexico would ever pay for such a wall. “We are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall!” Mr. Calderón said. Since Mr. Trump has also rallied against the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) – calling it a ” disaster – it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how Mexico’s government would feel about any change to the 22-years old trade deal.

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