Mexico Minister Says US Gun Control Laws Fuel Criminal Violence

08/23/16 InSight Crime

Claudia-Ruiz-Massieu-2Mexico’s foreign minister has blamed lax US gun control laws for the flood of illegal weapons into the country, in an unusually frank assessment of the impact of US domestic policy on violence and organized crime in Mexico.

Speaking at the Second Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty, Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu said loose gun control laws in the United States have undermined Mexico‘s own restrictions on gun sales and ownership.

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Trump on Immigration, Deportation, the US-Mexico Wall

08/22/16 The New York Times 

trumpA cornerstone of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is a promise to deport the estimate 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally while also building a wall along the U.S-Mexico border. Trump says he will force Mexico to pay for the wall.

June 16, 2015

In his presidential announcement speech, Trump portrayed immigrants from Mexico as “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” Trump also boasted about his ability to fortify the border with Mexico: “Nobody builds walls better than me.”

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Mexico’s problem goes beyond Trump

08/14/16 Gulf News

us mex flagThe irritation is palpable and plainly justified: The risks of a Trump presidency for Mexico are obvious and his jibes at Mexico and the Mexicans, unacceptable. Nobody disputes this. The question is whether Mexico can have a hand in stopping Donald Trump and derailing his candidacy, without provoking an unforeseen backlash.

Mexico’s geography has granted the country great economic opportunity, but it has not become a great political power. I don’t think anyone will declare Mexico to be a major regional power in Latin America. With that in mind though, and without underestimating the tarnished national dignity, the Mexican response to Trump cannot be visceral: Mexico must act in such a way as to improve its options without raising the risks.

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After Years Apart, Reunited Families Get To Hug Across The US-Mexico Border

08/11/2016 Fronteras

border_at_tijuana-tomas-castelazo2Families separated by their immigration status sloshed through a muddy trickle of the Rio Grande on Wednesday to embrace at the border between the United States and Mexico. Their reunion was a momentary truce organized by immigrant advocates and supervised by the Border Patrol. Families who came from the United States wore blue T-shirts and their relatives from Mexico wore white T-shirts. They met in the middle of a concrete canal between the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. Francisco Luevano squeezed his mother to his chest for the first time in 15 years. Luevano is an undocumented hotel maintenance worker who lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His mother traveled 700 miles from central Mexico to see him for a fleeting three minutes.

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The Trump Effect: Why Mexico’s Image Problem Spells Trouble for the U.S

08/09/16 World Politics Review 

Donald_Trump)During a June 30 campaign stop in New Hampshire, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pointed to a plane flying overhead and quipped that it could be a Mexican aircraft “getting ready to attack.”

It’s not a small thing for the potential future U.S. president to casually suggest that neighboring Mexico is planning to launch an assault, given the close historical, security and commercial ties between the two countries.

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Mexico is already the immigration ‘wall’ some politicians want

08/01/16 Los Angeles Times 

us mex flagMexico is a critical partner,” President Obama reminded reporters during a joint news conference with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on July 22, “and is critically important to our own well-being.” The two presidents praised not only their countries’ immense cross-border trade but also bilateral collaboration on energy, the environment and counter-narcotics. Left unmentioned in their opening remarks was another crucial way Mexico is helping its northern neighbor: as a buffer between the U.S. and Central America’s Northern Triangle, where gang violence, chronic corruption and endemic poverty drives hundreds of thousands from their homes each year.

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PedWest schedule stepped up

— This month’s opening of a much-needed pedestrian border entrance from Tijuana to San Ysidro has been cause for celebration north of the border. But in Baja California, there has been mostly uproar over the quality of a temporary structure built by Mexico’s federal government to access the new U.S. PedWest facility.

After nearly two weeks of public pressure from Baja California politicians, the business community on both sides of the border and pedestrian border-crossers, Mexico’s federal government on Thursday announced that it is stepping up its construction schedule for a permanent structure. It is now slated to open in September, rather than the previously announced December opening.

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