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Immigration advocates have long decried U.S. and Mexican policies that force migrants to remain in dangerous areas along the border, saying that they only generate a migrant crisis in cities like Juárez and ultimately lead to tragedies like Monday night's fire.

A fire at a temporary migrant detention center run by the Mexican government in the border city of Ciudad Juárez Monday night left at least 40 people dead, though authorities disagree on the cause. Read more»

Lithium is a key element for the production of electric vehicle batteries.

The U.S. is urging Mexico to open up lithium exploitation to the private sector in order to make the critical mineral cheaper - though lithium rights are nationalized in Mexico and the technology to extract lithium from the Sonoran Desert does not yet exist commercially. Read more»

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador greets U.S. President Joe Biden upon arrival in Mexico City on Sunday, Jan 8, 2023, ahead of the 2023 North American Leaders' Summit in this photo posted to López Obrador's Twitter account.

Although they touted common goals at the North American Leader’s Summit in Mexico City Tuesday, the presidents of Mexico and the United States revealed that their priorities are still not as aligned as their discourses try to make them appear. Read more»

With so many Venezuelan migrants willing to wait out the next whim in U.S. border politics at the country’s doorstep, it certainly appears as though another migrant crisis may be brewing on the southern banks of the Rio Grande.

For hundreds of migrants camped out by the Rio Grande River, the legal pathway for some 24,000 Venezuelans via the new humanitarian parole program implemented in October is out of reach, so for now, they wait out the next whim in U.S. border politics. Read more»

Another pillar of the strategy of outside pressure is the fact that other countries are not as constrained by the gun lobby as politicians and organizations within the United States are.

Gun violence and trafficking prevention advocates have found a dependable ally in Mexico, whose government recently brought a second lawsuit against the U.S. firearms industry for negligent business practices. Read more»

While science is only now starting to pinpoint the salubrious effects of flowers like marigolds, practitioners of traditional medicine in Mexico have long used the bright orange blooms to treat stomach conditions.

Known as the flower of the sun, the marigold is used to guide the souls of the deceased to the altars arranged by their loved ones on the Day of the Dead, but Mexican scientists have found that the flower has life-giving properties for those of us on this side of the grave. Read more»

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden speak at the White House's Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5, 2022.

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»

Dozens of asylum seekers protested Title 42 during a demonstration in Nogales, Sonora in November 2021, just beyond the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. This included a young boy who carried a sign that read 'Somos Seres,' or 'we are human beings.'

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»

Avocados ripen on a tree.

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»

A young boy seeking asylum waits in Nogales, Sonora in April, 2021.

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»

Two women file paperwork in Nogales, Sonora in June 2018. Those who apply for asylum in Nogales will have their hearings in El Paso and will be be responsible for their own transportation.

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»

The tanker Constitution Spirit heads towards Galveston Bay, outbound and empty after offloading another shipment of heavy crude oil from Mexico.

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»

One of a number of artifacts returned to Mexico and Guatemala from Germany after they were found by German police.

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»

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, right, speaks during a working breakfast with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the National Palace in Mexico City, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

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»

An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper arrested a 24-year-old Nevada man and seized five AK-47 assault rifles during a traffic stop in March, 2018, on I-10 near Marana.

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»

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