Mexico, US, Canada Groups Ask UN to List Monarch Butterfly Reserve as in Danger

April 15, 2015

Fox News, 4/14/2015

Activists from Mexico, the United States and Canada are asking the U.N. World Heritage Committee to include the Monarch butterfly wintering reserve on a list of sites considered in danger.

UNESCO designated the 139,000-acre (56,259 hectare) reserve in the mountains west of Mexico City a World Heritage site in 2008.

Monarchs from the U.S. and Canada migrate 3,400-miles (5,470-kilometers) each year to winter in the forest reserve.

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U.S., Mexico Deport Over 15,000 Honduran Migrants

April 7, 2015

Fox News Latino, 4/6/2015

5990205485_f200fbde57_oMore than 15,000 Hondurans who entered the United States and Mexico illegally have been deported so far this year, Returned Migrants Assistance Center, or CAMR, director Valdette Willeman said.

U.S. authorities deported 3,824 Hondurans by air in the first quarter of 2015, Willeman said.

Mexico, for its part, has deported about 12,000 Hondurans by land, the CAMR director said.

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Mexico, U.S. Bust People Trafficking Network

February 27, 2015

Fox News Latino, 2/26/2015

handcuffsThe Mexican Attorney General’s Office and U.S. immigration authorities have broken up a network that smuggled undocumented Latin Americans to the United States, arresting 42 people, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico announced Thursday.

On Monday, the 42 people arrested were charged with people trafficking, rape of an unaccompanied minor, sexually abusing migrants, illegal deprivation of freedom and other crimes, the embassy said.

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Mexico Regrets U.S. Judge’s Immigration Ruling

February 18, 2015

Yahoo News, 2/17/2015 

Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement_arrestMexico City (AFP) – The Mexican government on Tuesday lamented a US judge’s decision to block an immigration order by President Barack Obama that would have protected millions of undocumented workers from deportation.

“These programs are a fair migration remedy for millions of families and could strengthen the contributions of Mexican migrants to the US economy and society,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

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32 in U.S., Mexico Accused of Running Sinaloa Cartel Gold-for-Cash Money-Laundering Scheme

February 13, 2015

Fox News Latino, 2/13/2015

goldThirty-two people from the United States and Mexico are accused of running a multistate gold-for-cash scheme that laundered more than $100 million in U.S. profits for Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, a complaint unsealed this week in federal court in Chicago says.

The cartel associates used cash from narcotics sales to purchase scrap and fine gold — including from Chicago-area jewelers — then sent it to metal refineries in Florida and California; plants sometimes transferred payments for the gold directly to Mexico, the complaint says.

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U.S., Mexico Increasingly Competing for Farm Labor

January 30, 2015

By Miriam Jordan, 1/23/2015

Migrant farmworkersDAVIS, Calif.—The U.S. and Mexico are increasingly competing for a dwindling supply of farm labor, according to a new analysis, a development that likely will have long-term implications for the U.S. agricultural sector.

The majority of hired farmworkers in the U.S., estimated at around 1 million, are Mexican, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In California, Mexican migrants account for 90% of hired workers, according to independent estimates. But the pool of Mexican agricultural workers is steadily declining, with no indication that it will be reversed, according to J. Edward Taylor, professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Davis.

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Addressing Global Energy Demand in North America

January 23, 2015

1/22/2015 The Wagner Review

By Maria Landa, Former Mexico Institute Intern

environment - energy - light bulb with paddy riceBy 2030, global energy demand will increase by 41 percent due to rapid population and economic growth. Between 2012 and 2035, global population is projected to grow by 1.7 billion and real (or inflation-adjusted) income will more than double. In order to promote more energy efficient activities that curb greenhouse gas emissions and slow growth related to demand, both developed and emerging economies have placed environment and climate policies high on their political agendas. Yet, the latest scenario by the International Energy Agency World Energy Outlook estimates that in 2040, oil and gas will remain the backbone of energy supply, making up nearly half of the total energy supply – with the remainder coming from coal and low-carbon fuels.

Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. will play critical roles in meeting the demand, tackling pressure on the global energy system, and contributing to energy security. With the abundance of U.S. natural gas and oil reserves, Canada’s oil sands and Mexico’s landmark constitutional energy reform (which opened its energy sector to private investment for the first time), North America is now considered an energy superpower. Leading think tanks and political leaders are urging the U.S. not only to strengthen ties with its North American neighbors, but also to make the trilateral relationship a priority in U.S. policy. The Council on Foreign Relations recently released a report led by former CIA Director David Petraeus and former World Bank president, Robert Zoellick, indicating that increased production and innovation in the energy sector coupled with China’s labor and shipping costs, boost North America’s global competitive advantage.

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