Tag: Lopez Obrador, Andres Manuel

Mexico Must Stop Bowing to Trump

MEXICO CITY — Donald Trump is the most aggressive American president Mexico has had to contend with since James K. Polk, who in 1846 sought a declaration of war against my country. Though Mr. Trump has not declared war against Mexico outright, he has threatened us with tariffs, insulted us, and ordered brutal raids that […]

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Trump’s Cruelty and Mexico’s Duty

MEXICO CITY — Here in Mexico, as around the world, we are haunted by the wrenching image of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 25, and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, nestled together on the bank of the Rio Grande after they drowned in the river near the international bridge to Texas. This tragedy shines an unforgiving light […]

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Mexico’s Finance Minister Resigns, Rebuking the President’s Policies

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s finance minister resigned on Tuesday with a scathing letter that accused President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration of capricious decision-making and conflicts of interest, in a surprise move that could prove a blow to the country’s anemic economy. The minister, Carlos Urzúa, was widely seen as part of Mr. López Obrador’s […]

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Mexican Opium Prices Plummet, Driving Poppy Farmers to Migrate

SAN MIGUEL AMOLTEPEC VIEJO, Mexico — For years, two young brothers, like many other farmers in their poor, mountainous region of southwest Mexico, found salvation in the opium poppy. They bled the milky latex from its pods and the profits made their hard lives a little easier. The fact that this substance was the raw […]

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Mexico’s Federal Police Rebel Against New Security Plan

MEXICO CITY — Mexican federal police officers are mutinying over the government’s decision to make them part of the country’s new National Guard, a powerful challenge to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador as he tries to fight rising crime. Earlier this year, faced with record-setting homicide rates, Mr. López Obrador announced he would combine the […]

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Mexico’s National Guard, Created to Fight Crime, Is Deployed to Capital

Mexico’s president, facing intense pressure to bring record-breaking homicide rates under control, has begun to deploy the country’s new National Guard in Mexico City. “We need more presence and protection for the citizens of the capital,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said last week as he announced the deployment. While the crime rate is still […]

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Mexico’s Crackdown at Its Southern Border, Prompted by Trump, Scares Migrants From Crossing

NENTÓN, Guatemala — The Aguilar family had been preparing since February to migrate north. They borrowed $2,600, made a down payment to a smuggler and set off from their home in northern Guatemala last week. But at Guatemala’s border with Mexico, their smuggler had some bad news: Crossing into Mexico was too risky. A June […]

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The AMLO-Trump Deal Is Punishing the Most Vulnerable

MIAMI — Central Americans will continue to flee their homes and head north no matter what sort of agreements the presidents of Mexico and the United States come to. Powerful forces — brutal violence, extreme poverty, the effects of climate change — are driving these men, women and children to leave. They are also being […]

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Mexico’s National Guard, a ‘Work in Progress,’ Deployed to Curb Migration

MEXICO CITY — Thousands of Mexican National Guard members and other security forces are being deployed to the nation’s southern border with Guatemala this weekend, as the Mexican government seeks to make good on a deal struck with President Trump to reduce illegal migration. The mobilization, which government officials say is a cornerstone of the […]

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Mexico Sets Domestic Priorities Aside to Assuage Trump and Avert Tariffs

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president came to office promising a fresh approach to combat record-high homicide rates: a new National Guard made up of soldiers and police. Now, in a deal to assuage his American counterpart and avert a trade war, Andrés Manuel López Obrador will have to deploy that some of that force to […]

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This Mexican Chef Is Having a Very Good Year

SAN FRANCISCO — Gabriela Cámara is having a very good year. Five years after she moved to the United States from her native Mexico, she is at the tipping point of world culinary fame. Her 20-year-old restaurant, Contramar, is both a beloved institution and a power-lunch destination: the Union Square Cafe of Mexico City. Her […]

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Mexico, Stand Up to Trump Over Tariffs

Last week President Trump said that beginning on June 10 the United States will impose a 5 percent tariff, which would gradually increase, on all goods coming from Mexico. Mr. Trump’s announcement could pose two big problems for Mexico: The so-called migration crisis at the United States-Mexican border and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or U.S.M.C.A., […]

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Pressured by Trump, Mexico Cracks Down on Migrants

TAPACHULA, Mexico — They arrived at dusk, dressed for combat, pouring from government vehicles. A phalanx of military and police personnel swarmed a small hotel in the center of Tapachula, this scrappy city near Mexico’s border with Guatemala. Their target: undocumented migrants. Agents rushed door to door, hauling people away, while migrants shouted or ran […]

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What Confrontation? Mexico Seeks a Compromise With Trump

MEXICO CITY — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico said Friday that he would avoid getting into a confrontation with President Trump over his threats to impose tariffs on Mexico unless it stopped migrants from crossing into the United States. Mr. López Obrador said that he was dispatching a delegation to Washington, led by […]

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Mexico Charges Former Oil Official With Bribery in Anticorruption Drive

MEXICO CITY — The administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico has launched its first major anticorruption prosecution, delivering on a central campaign promise by taking aim at corruption inside the ailing state-owned oil company. Bribery and tax fraud charges have been filed against Emilio Lozoya Austin, the former head of the state-run […]

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