DEA Says Mexico Cartels Battling to Corner US Heroin Market

09/26/16 InSight Crime

538263681_3e408aaf02_o.jpgTwo of Mexico‘s most powerful drug cartels are battling for control of the US heroin market, the DEA says, raising the possibility that heroin trafficking patterns may be evolving along similar lines as the cocaine trade.

In comments reported by EFE on September 25, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) spokesperson Russell K. Baer told the news service that the Jalisco Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel have recently come into conflict over the heroin trade.

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What Can Mexico Do About Trump?

09/27/16 The New York Times 

Border - MexicoWhen Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, the Mexican secretary of the economy, came to talk to me last week about trade and the American elections, I didn’t expect him to drag up the old spat between Mexico and the United States over trucks.

Back when it signed on to the North American Free Trade Agreement more than 20 years ago, the United States committed that in the year 2000 it would lift restrictions that kept Mexican trucks from hauling cargo inside the United States, forcing them instead to dump their loads at the border. But when the time came, under pressure from the Teamsters and the union’s allies in Congress, Washington backed out.

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Former Mexican diplomat: ‘There are ways’ Mexico could pay for wall

09/22/16 New York Post

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A former top Mexican diplomat believes Donald Trump could get Mexico to pay for a border wall. Easily.

“If [Trump] really wants Mexico to pay for the wall, he has many ways of getting many Mexicans to pay for the wall,” Jorge Castañeda, Mexico’s former foreign affairs secretary, told the Hudson Institute this week,according to The Weekly Standard.

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Mexico’s other border

09/23/16 Financial Times

fence at borderThe UN estimates 400,000 Central Americans cross illegally into Mexico each year and as many as half of those are fleeing violence. As pressure builds for measures to stem the flow of migrants, the FT’s Jude Webber tells one woman’s story. Visit FT.com for more on the story.

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Haitian immigrants cross border through Mexico, claim asylum for quick processing and entry

08/22/16 The Washington Times

immigrationHaitian immigrants are surging across America’s southwest border, blazing a path through Mexico to the U.S., where they have been coached to claim asylum, earning them quick processing and almost immediate entry into the country.

Analysts called it a backdoor amnesty that’s increasingly being abused by illegal immigrants who normally would have no shot of staying in the U.S., but who, by claiming asylum, can gain a foothold here.

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Illegal immigration from Mexico falls in US

09/20/16 Financial Times 

5440004897_59659815f4_oDonald Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration from Mexico a centrepiece of his presidential campaign, but new analysis shows that the number of unauthorised immigrants from south of the US border has fallen.

The report from the Pew Research Center showed that the number of illegal Mexican migrants has decreased from its 2007 peak even as the US sees rising inflows from countries further afield including India.

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Overall Number of U.S. Unauthorized Immigrants Holds Steady Since 2009

09/20/16 Pew Research Center

immigrationThe U.S. unauthorized immigrant population – 11.1 million in 2014 – has stabilized since the end of the Great Recession, as the number from Mexico declined but the total from other regions of the world increased, according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on government data.

Among world regions, the number of unauthorized immigrants from Asia, Central America and sub-Saharan Africa rose between 2009 and 2014. The number from Mexico has steadily declined since 2007, the first year of the Great Recession, but Mexicans remain more than half (52%) of U.S. unauthorized immigrants.

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