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Cinco de Mayo celebrations: Checking in on U.S.-Mexico relations

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden hosted Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller, wife of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, as guest of honor at the Cinco de Mayo celebrations at the White House amid thawing relations with Mexico.... Read more»0

'Humanitarian parole' for Ukrainians highlights racial bias in U.S. immigration policy

Wile Ukrainians are allowed to cross the border within hours or days of arriving, asylum seekers from Central America, Mexico, Haiti and other countries have been waiting for months or even years for their chance to do so - raising questions of discrimination in border policy.... Read more»0

Cartel avocados? Suspending imports isn’t the answer to problem

As avocados from Mexico have grown increasingly popular on U.S. dinner tables in recent years, so has insecurity in the region in which they are cultivated, leading criminal organizations in Mexico to extortion of legal enterprises as an easy way to make money.... Read more»0

One way out: How the perilous quest for asylum becomes a migrant’s 'safest option'

People are forced to flee increasingly violent Central American countries like Honduras, where the United States’ endorsement of the 2009 coup of the democratically elected President led to extreme levels of insecurity and instability that continue to drive people out of the country.... Read more»0

'Calm before the storm': Remain in Mexico 2.0 on track to repeat failings of first

The second iteration of the Migrant Protection Protocols promises to return just as many or more asylum seekers as its antecedent when the program expands in the coming months, and some suggest bleak fates for the migrants who slipped through the cracks in MPP 1.0. ... Read more»0

Experts skeptical of Mexico plan to stop exporting oil by 2023

Mexico announced plans to end all oil exports by 2023, a bid by to make the country "self-sufficient" and better control the price of gasoline - but experts aren’t as positive that such self-sufficiency would be good for Mexico, and even doubt that such a goal is economically viable. ... Read more»0

Auctioning of Central American prehistoric art draws rebuke

Central American governments denounced a Wednesday auction in Paris of indigenous prehistoric art. Some are getting the message but not Sotheby's or Christie's.... Read more»0

Strengthening justice system south of border key to success of U.S.-Mexico security deal

The proposed "U.S.-Mexico Bicentennial Framework for Security, Public Health, and Safe Communities," which, like the Mérida Initiative before, approaches the problems of drug trafficking, violence, and abuse on the basis of the countries’ "shared responsibility" for the problems. ... Read more»0

Curbing illicit firearms trade crucial to success of U.S.-Mexico security deal

The proposed "U.S.-Mexico Bicentennial Framework for Security, Public Health, and Safe Communities," which, like the Mérida Initiative before, approaches the problems of drug trafficking, violence, and abuse on the basis of the countries’ "shared responsibility" for the problems. ... Read more»0

U.S. and Mexico to take a more 'holistic' approach to public safety

The proposed "U.S.-Mexico Bicentennial Framework for Security, Public Health, and Safe Communities," which, like the Mérida Initiative before, approaches the problems of drug trafficking, violence, and abuse on the basis of the countries’ "shared responsibility" for the problems. ... Read more»0

Mexico set to become world leader in automation tech

While most of the world outside Mexico has largely focused on the sensational topics of drug violence and “migrant caravans” in recent decades, NASA and the private sector have kept a keen eye on what Mexican engineers have been achieving in labs across the country. ... Read more»0

Cannabis companies say legal weed will save Mexico, but no one’s sure how

Sponsors of Expoweed 2021 in Mexico City - which aims to “break stigmas” of marijuana use and “create new paradigms as a society” - hails the cannabis industry’s ability to tackle society’s issues, but understates the history of drug violence as Mexico moves towards legalization.... Read more»0

Heightened U.S.-China tensions present economic opportunities for Mexico

Seeing the intensifying friction between the United States and China as an opportunity to deepen economic ties, Mexico's newly appointed ambassador to China, Jesús Seade, announced in early September that he intends to “strengthen bonds of friendship” with the Asian nation. ... Read more»0

Mexican scientists scale up solar-powered water treatment tech

Scientists in Mexico are cleaning polluted waterways with solar power, thus offsetting the carbon footprint of water treatment — and they're making moves to scale the technology up even bigger. ... Read more»0

Mexico decriminalizes abortion nationwide, but divisions still run deep among citizens

Anti-abortion activists in Mexico decried the country's supreme court decision to legalize abortion nationwide on Tuesday, but the data suggest that legalization will yield the real-world results they claim to demand — fewer abortions. ... Read more»0