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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Former US diplomat to Mexico found guilty of drugging and sexually abusing 23 women

07/27/2021

Source: The Independent

A former US diplomat to Mexico has been found guilty of drugging, sexually abusing and raping a total of 23 women over the course of 14 years while he was working at the US Embassy in Mexico City. He may now face life in prison.

The Department of Justice announced on Friday that 45-year-old Brian Jeffrey Raymond, from La Mesa, California pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse, which included taking nude images and videos of women without their consent.

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Mexico signs agreement aimed at recovering U.S. aviation rating

07/26/2021

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY, July 26 (Reuters) – Mexico has signed an agreement with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aimed at helping the country recover its Category 1 air safety rating, Mexico’s ministry of communications and transportation said on Monday

Experts from the FAA will visit Mexico beginning in August to provide technical assistance and a review of Mexico’s efforts to reverse a downgrade from May, the ministry said. (Reporting by Cassandra Garrison and Noe Torres; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)

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Migration trends between the U.S. and Mexico have flipped upside down

07/11/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

The past few years have seen a marked decline in the number of people migrating from the U.S. to Mexico, according to a new Pew Research Center report.

Why it matters: Mexico has long been the largest country of origin for immigrants in the U.S. However, there was even more migration from the U.S. to Mexico in the 2000s and early 2010s— a trend that reversed in the years before the pandemic.

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Why some people are moving from the United States to Mexico

06/21/2021

Source: The Economist

In the year and a half since Annette and Mike Thompson sold their house in Texas and upped sticks for Mexico, they have had few regrets. Now they live in Ajijic, a pretty town by Lake Chapala in the western state of Jalisco. Their large house has a spectacular view over the water, where birds glide in the late afternoon breeze. “The only thing we miss is Tex-Mex food,” says Mrs Thompson.

The clichéd view of Mexico is that it is poor and crime-ridden. Popular tv series, such as “Narcos: Mexico”, do little to dispel this image. The reality has long been more nuanced, as more Americans are realising. The us State Department reckons 1.5m live south of the border, making them the largest group of immigrants in Mexico and the largest group of Americans outside the United States (Mexico counts fewer: around 800,000). The largest single community of non-military American expats in the world is in Mexico’s west, close to Guadalajara.

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Mexico hails Harris after visit, flags more border talks

06/09/2021

Source: Reuters

Mexico’s government on Wednesday praised U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris following talks aimed at curbing undocumented immigration, and said another top Biden administration official would visit next week for more discussions.

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U.S. asks Mexico to review a second complaint about labor violations in its auto industry

06/10/2021

Source: New York Times

The Biden administration is invoking provisions in a new trade agreement to ask Mexico to look into accusations of labor violations at an auto-parts plant near the U.S. border.

The action, announced Wednesday by the Labor Department and the Office of the United States Trade Representative, follows a complaint by groups including the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the nation’s largest federation of unions, that workers were being denied the rights of free association and collective bargaining.

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U.S. Sending 1 Million Coronavirus Vaccines To Mexico Border Cities, Resort Spots

06/04/2021

Source: NPR

One million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are heading to Mexico from the U.S., with most of the shots set to service resort areas and spots along the border.

The batch of vaccines are part of the 25 million excess doses the White House announced on Thursday would be shipped to other countries around the world. Much of the vaccine distribution will be through COVAX, an international system aimed at helping vaccinate people in the world’s poorest countries.

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US-Mexico tensions rise ahead of Kamala Harris visit

05/25/2021

Source: El País

Tensions between Washington and Mexico have taken a turn for the worse, just in time for the planned visit by US Vice-President Kamala Harris from June 7. In recent weeks Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has stepped up references to American interventionism, and demanded that Joe Biden’s administration revoke funding for two civil society organizations he dislikes. “They are taking too long,” the Mexican leader said of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), an independent international cooperation body linked to the US State Department, urging it to cut all funding for Article 19, a global free speech nonprofit, and for an anti-corruption group called Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad (MCCI).

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The US and Mexico aren’t on ‘the same page’ about cartels, and now thousands of people are fleeing to the US

05/21/2021

Source: Business Insider

Michoacan, MEXICO — Since the arrest of former Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda on US soil last year, the two countries’ efforts to coordinate a security agenda have failed, leaving thousands more vulnerable to ruthless Mexican criminal organizations.

On October 15, at the request of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Cienfuegos was arrested as he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport. The retired general was accused of working for the Beltran-Leyva trafficking organization.

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