Tag: Mexico

El Chapo Sentencing: An Epic Criminal Career Nears Its Final Chapter

When Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, walks into court on Wednesday and is sentenced, by law, to life in prison, it will likely close the book on a criminal career unparalleled in its scope and celebrity since Al Capone’s. But as with everything in the Guzmán case, getting to […]

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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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A Dramatic Drop in Migrant Arrivals on the Border: What’s Happening?

SAN DIEGO — In the sleeping quarters, green cots that were once occupied by hundreds of parents and children on a single night were stacked against the wall. For dinner on Tuesday, just two tables were set for the handful of families staying at the large shelter near the California border that takes in migrant […]

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Border Arrests Drop by 28% in June in First Decline of the Year

WASHINGTON — Arrests at the southwestern border dropped by 28 percent in June, according to the Department of Homeland Security, signaling the first time this year that the number of border crossings declined. The department said that 104,344 arrests occurred in June, down from 144,278 in May — the highest monthly total in 13 years. […]

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Haitians and Africans Are Increasingly Among Those Stranded Along US-Mexico Border by Trump Immigration Policies

In this photo from September 2016, Haitian refugees, many of them deportees from the United States, await breakfast at an immigrant center in Tijuana, Mexico. Donald Trump’s current immigration policy limiting the number of people allowed to make asylum applications makes images like these current as thousands of immigrants, including those from Haiti and countries throughout […]

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For the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, Hopes Rise but Mexico Awaits

As the United States men’s soccer team closed out a 3-1 victory over Jamaica in a Gold Cup semifinal in rain-soaked Nashville Wednesday night, chants of “We want Mexico! We want Mexico!” rose from the crowd. When it was over, the American midfielder Weston McKennie said, “Fans want Mexico, I want Mexico and the team […]

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Cory Booker’s Brand of Advocacy: Show Up. Cameras Often Follow.

Senator Cory Booker, tieless and in a blazer on the southwestern border in early July, approached a Customs and Border Protection officer, blue passport in hand. They greeted each other and the officer asked: “Is there somebody with you?” Yes, Mr. Booker said, he had a group with him. Specifically, Mr. Booker said, he was […]

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Did the Mexican People Really Win?

On July 1, 2018, the night of the election of president Andres Manuel López Obrador, I joined several friends to make our way to Mexico City’s Zócalo—the central square of this sprawling metropolis—where López Obrador would give his acceptance speech. Triumphant AMLO supporters flooded the streets. Firecrackers and car horns punctuated the celebratory hubbub. Confetti […]

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Trump Is Losing His Trade Wars

Donald Trump’s declaration that “trade wars are good, and easy to win” will surely go down in the history books as a classic utterance — but not in a good way. Instead it will go alongside Dick Cheney’s prediction, on the eve of the Iraq war, that “we will, in fact, be welcomed as liberators.” […]

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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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Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Blocking Trump From Using Defense Funds for Border Wall

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Wednesday upheld a block on President Trump’s attempt to use $2.5 billion from the Department of Defense to construct a wall along the southwestern border, impeding the delivery of one of his signature campaign promises. The divided three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit agreed with […]

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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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