Tag Archives: Mexico

A kind word on behalf of the Mexicans

Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

"'The immigration problem' or 'the border problem' has been a heated topic of debate and politicking in recent years. (This recent spurt is only the most recent in a series that goes back for centuries in U.S. history.) In large part this debate pertains to the entry of Mexicans, especially undocumented Mexicans, into the USA. For those who support a strong 'closed borders' or 'secure the border' position, the debate often involves claims about Mexicans — what sort of people they are, what one may reasonably expect them to do if they become residents of the USA, what crimes they have committed or will commit in the future, and so forth. Anyone who is familiar with Mexicans is struck repeatedly by the sheer ignorance and the false claims that immigration opponents marshal in support of their position." (06/23/17)


Ford to import Focus from China instead of Mexico

Source: Detroit Free Press

"Ford, which was under fire for much of 2016 for its plans to build the Focus in Mexico, said today it is shifting gears a second time and will instead import most of its next generation Focus cars from China in a move designed to improve the automaker's 'operational fitness.' The move is the first major decision since Jim Hackett replaced Mark Fields as CEO of Ford last month. Hackett told the Free Press last week the company is working to figure out the best ways to spend its capital. Today, Ford said it will save a total of $1 billion in investment costs by building the Focus in China by canceling plans for an all-new manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico." (06/20/17)


Mexican journalistic idiocy on the drug war

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Mexican journalists are protesting the recent drug-gang killing of Mexican award-winning journalist Javier Valdez, who spent his career investigating and reporting on drug cartels. The protesting journalists want the Mexican government to crack down and bring the killers to justice. With all due respect, that’s just journalistic idiocy. What do these journalists think the Mexican government has been doing for the last decade or so? Playing tiddlywinks?" (05/19/17)


Mexico: Veteran journalist killed in latest wave of Sinaloa slayings

Source: CBS News

"Javier Valdez, an award-winning reporter who specialized in covering drug trafficking and organized crime, was slain Monday in the northern state of Sinaloa, the latest in a wave of journalist killings in Mexico. Valdez is at least the sixth journalist to be murdered in Mexico since early March, an unusually high number even for one of the world's deadliest countries for media professionals. Valdez was shot to death in the early afternoon in the state capital of Culiacan, near the offices of the publication he co-founded, Riodoce." (05/16/17)


Trump tells Canada and Mexico he won't terminate NAFTA, will seek renegotiation instead

Source: Business Insider

"US President Donald Trump told the leaders of Canada and Mexico on Wednesday that he would not terminate the NAFTA treaty but seek to renegotiate it with them, a White House statement said. The announcement came as White House officials disclosed that Trump and his White House advisers were considering issuing an executive order to withdraw the United States from the trade pact with Canada and Mexico. The White House said Trump spoke by phone with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and that he would hold back from a speedy termination of NAFTA, in a 'pleasant and productive' conversation." (04/27/17)


Mexico: Authorities arrest gangster suspected of killing rival gangster

Source: Los Angeles Times

"A member of a drug-robbery ring suspected in the 2010 shooting death of a Border Patrol agent in Arizona has been arrested deep in Mexico, leaving just one member of the original 'rip crew' still at large in a case that highlighted the failings of a gun-tracking operation that let firearms fall into the hands of criminals in Mexico. The suspect, identified by the Mexican Marines only as 'Heraclio N.,' was apprehended Wednesday in an area known as the 'Golden Triangle,' the confluence of three states where drug cartels control vast stretches of territory." (04/13/17)


Archdiocese of Mexico calls firms expressing interest in Trump's wall "traitors"

Source: ABC News

"In a withering editorial published on Sunday, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said that Mexican firms interested in helping build President Donald Trump's proposed border wall are 'traitors to the homeland.' … After repeatedly claiming that Mexico would pay for the wall, President Trump requested $2.6 billion to start the initial planning and construction in his 2018 budget request. Congress is expected to take up the proposed budget before the end of the fiscal year in September. The editorial, published in the Archdiocese's weekly publication Desde la fe, lambasted the wall as 'an open threat that violates relations and peace.'" (03/27/17)


Mexican officials aim to block contracts for companies building Trump's border wall

Source: PanAm Post

"Some Mexican officials are lobbying hard to prevent United States-based companies assisting in US President Donald Trump's border wall from working in the country. National Action Party Senator Gabriela Cuevas Barron told the country's senate they should urge the federal government to deny contracts and awards of goods and services to companies that also participate directly or indirectly in the construction of the border wall." (03/15/17)


"Veracruz is an enormous mass grave": 250 skulls found in hidden graves on Mexico's Gulf coast

Source: Business Insider

"The top prosecutor in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz confirmed Tuesday that more than 250 skulls have been found over the last several months in what appears to be a drug cartel mass burial ground on the outskirts of the city of Veracruz. State Prosecutor Jorge Winckler said the clandestine burial pits appear to contain the victims of drug cartels killed years ago. But the news came as no surprise to Lucia Diaz, one of the mothers of the disappeared whose group is known as Colectivo Solecito. The mothers pushed authorities to investigate the fields where the skulls were found, because they suspected more than a year ago that the wooded area known as Colinas de Santa Fe was a clandestine burial ground." (03/14/17)


Mexico: Torture complaints spike 400 percent for army, federal police

Source: PanAm Post

"The Mexican Army received more complaints of torture in 2016 than in the last six years combined. Both lawmakers and activists spoke out against the disregard President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration showed toward proposals to improve internal security law protecting human rights. According to official data from the National Human Rights Commission, in 2016, there were 15 complaints of torture linked to the army — a 400-percent increase compared to 2015." (03/13/17)