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Torn between higher taxes and border hassles

As part of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s economic reforms in Mexico, the federal value-added tax in regions within about 12.5 miles of the border was raised this year to 16 percent from 11 percent, matching the rest of the country. As a result, economists and local government officials in Texas are eyeing millions in additional dollars being spent by Mexican residents who are willing to cross the Rio Grande to save on items from toilet paper to electronics.... Read more»

Guzman's arrest greeted with caution

The high-profile capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the leader of Mexico’s ruthless Sinaloa drug cartel, should not stoke immediate fears of unrest on Texas’ southern border, analysts said Saturday.... Read more»

Report: Cartel kingpin 'El Chapo' arrested in Mexico

The leader of the Sinaloan drug cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was arrested Saturday in Mazatlan during a joint operation between Mexican marines and U.S. law enforcement.... Read more»

How Mexico's west was won: It took a village, and plenty of AK-47s

The story of how vigilante militias took their western Mexican towns back from Knights Templar meth lords — for now. (with video)... Read more»

Obama lunches in Mexico, business is served

NAFTA refreshments and the Trans-Pacific Partnership are on the menu when Obama meets Canada’s Stephen Harper and Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto, while immigration and gang wars simmer.... Read more»

Arizonans among those arrested at White House immigration rally

Herminia Gallego and Gerardo Torres have seen so many friends and family arrested on immigration charges that the Arizona residents decided it was time to take action – by getting arrested themselves.  They were among the 32 protesters arrested Monday outside the White House at a rally urging President Barack Obama to use his executive power to halt deportations of all immigrants.... Read more»

Time magazine just made lots of enemies in Mexico

The upcoming issue of Time features Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, on its cover. That has made the magazine more than a few new enemies. But it’s the accompanying front-page headline that really clinched the Mexicans’ ire: SAVING MEXICO.... Read more»

Mexican Catholics find God in Islam

For almost five centuries Catholicism has been the dominant religion in Mexico. And a small yet growing group of converts are seeking spiritual salvation in Islam. In fact, Pew estimates Mexico will be home to 126,000 Muslims by 2030, up from 111,000 in 2010.... Read more»1

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Immigration reform: Disaster for agriculture or proof of brutality of current system?

A study released earlier this week by the American Farm Bureau Federation on the impact of various types of immigration reform on the agricultural sector wants the reader to conclude that an enforcement-only approach to immigration would mean economic disaster. But the agricultural industry only survives in its current form thanks to massive (albeit invisible) subsidy from a work force that cannot be described as free,... Read more»

Program schools border youth on dangers of cartel work

When Border Patrol agents stop Arizona youth smuggling drugs through the Nogales port of entry on behalf of cartels, Eric Cantu and others often find out those kids have been fed lies. One common lie: If agents find those drugs taped to your leg, you won’t be prosecuted because you’re a minor. Not so, said the BP agent running the Operation Detour educational program.... Read more»

Pulque: What Mexico's hipsters are drinking now

Long the province of peasants and poor townfolk, pulque — say “pool-kay” — the mildly sour, slightly slimy and gently fermented nectar of agave, has been reborn this century as a buzz of choice among young, forward-leaning and better-heeled urbanites. It’s about $1.65 a pint, and a nearly hangover-proof means of getting hammered.... Read more»

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House GOP immigration plan: Stop pathway to citizenship in its tracks

Why it took seven months for House Republicans to just say “no” to the Senate bill is debatable, but for most immigration reform proponents the prospect of creating a permanent class of perhaps 11 million “noncitizens” is not negotiable.... Read more»

Texas looking at Mexican-American Studies classes

Supporters of adding Mexican-American studies as an official Texas high school course say time is running out for the State Board of Education to approve the class for next school year.... Read more»

Widow takes aim at law enforcement in Mexico

Months after her husband was killed by gunmen who entered the couple’s home in Guadalupe, Chihuahua — just across the Rio Grande from El Paso County — Lorena Acosta still couldn’t have a proper funeral for him. She didn’t have a body to bury.... Read more»

Texas immigration activists arrested protesting Secure Communities

Travis County, Texas, sheriff’s deputies on Monday saw firsthand what immigration-reform activists hope will be a series of civil disobedience protests across that state. As part of a publicity campaign, a group of six activists blocked the exit gate at the Travis County Jail; they were arrested and will likely be charged with criminal trespass. The protesters hope the actions will prompt county officials to reconsider a controversial finger-printing initiative opponents say deports non-violent undocumented immigrants.

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