Tag Archives: Mexico

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)


Mexican negotiator: We’ll walk away from NAFTA talks over tariffs

Source: Financial Post [Canada]

“Mexico’s top trade negotiator doubled down on threats to break off talks to rework NAFTA, saying his country will walk away if the U.S. insists on slapping duties or quotas on any products from south of the border. ‘The moment that they say, ‘We’re going to put a 20 per cent tariff on cars,’ I get up from the table,’ Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said in an interview. ‘Bye-bye.’ This doesn’t mean, Guajardo emphasized, that Mexico would be looking to scrap NAFTA. But by saying it refuses to even discuss the kind of tariffs President Donald Trump has long trumpeted, the country is ratcheting up the pressure on U.S. negotiators and effectively daring them to pull out of the 23-year-old pact.” (02/27/17)


SCOTUS hears case of Mexican teen murdered by US Border Patrol thug

Source: Chicago Tribune

“The Supreme Court is taking up an appeal from the parents of a Mexican teenager who was killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The case could help define when foreigners outside the U.S. have access to American courts. The justices are hearing argument Tuesday in a case that arose from an incident that took place in June 2010 in the cement culvert that separates El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The circumstances of exactly what occurred are in dispute, but what is clear is that the agent was on the U.S. side of the border when he fired his gun, striking Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca on the Mexican side. Lower courts dismissed the parents’ lawsuit. The Supreme Court is considering whether noncitizens who are injured or killed outside the United States can have their day in American courts.” (02/21/17)


Border police discover drug catapult on US-Mexico border

Source: BBC [UK state media]

“US border patrol agents have found a medieval-style catapult mounted on the border wall with Mexico, designed to launch bundles of drugs into the US. The device was discovered last week, southeast of Tucson, Arizona, when agents spotted a group of men scattering as they approached. A closer look turned up two bundles of cannabis weighing a combined 47lb (21kg), which had yet to be launched. The catapult was dismantled on the Mexican side. No arrests were made.” [editor’s note: We don’ need no steenkin’ ladders! – SAT] (02/15/17)


Mexico: Senator champions bill to stop US corn shipments

Source: KTIC AM 840 News

“A Mexican senator at a rally on Sunday proposed that Mexico stop buying U.S. corn in retaliation for some of President Donald Trump’s stances on our southern neighbors. Mexico is the top market for U.S. corn exports with Mexican buyers importing nearly 28% of all U.S. corn sent to foreign markets in the 2015-16 marketing year. CNN reported Sunday during a rally that Sen. Armando Rios Piter, ‘who leads a congressional committee on foreign affairs, says he will introduce a bill this week where Mexico will buy corn from Brazil and Argentina instead of the United States.’ … DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom noted any effort to shut down U.S. corn exports to Mexico would have a ripple effect across the ag economy. ‘We have an oversupply situation,’ Newsom said. ‘We can’t have any threats to demand. Corn’s the No. 1 agricultural market that we have. It’s not just the grain market. It’s all of the agricultural economy is tied back to corn.'” (02/14/17)