Tag: Mexico

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Regardless of whether there was any substantive result from Mr. Trump’s visit to Mexico and meeting with the Mexican President, I believe that the appearance (“optics”?) will be a substantial help for Mr. Trump. He appeared to be right at home in dealing with a foreign head of state on particularly touchy issues (and, on the foreign […]

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Summertime in Arizona: “No Identificado,” Unknown

 
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Sister Judy Bourg picks up rocks to help support a grave marker, while Margo McKinsey holds it upright. (Photo: Arizona Daily Star)

Summer has come to the Sonoran Desert. On June 2, we hit the 102° mark in my community located about 30 miles north of Tucson. The following day the temperature was 107°. Saturday, the high hit 108°. As has been said, it’s a dry heat; 107° feels like 105°.

When Trump-onomics Comes into Contact with the Real World

 

made_in_chinaLife is complicated. There are trade-offs. And unintended consequences — good, bad, neutral.

Example: Take Donald Trump’s idea of banning remittances unless Mexico pays for his proposed border wall. From a NY Times op-ed:

There are a number of logistical problems with this plan, including political realities, legality and the feasibility of stemming the flow of these informal payments. But even assuming this policy was possible, the economic implications would be felt as much in the United States as in Mexico.

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I have often heard it said that Mexican and other Latin American workers are superior to native born American workers. This is clearly not a racial effect, as Latinos in the US seem to suffer from similar maladies. That said, there is clearly a large pool of Americans who are seeking a job, as well […]

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Is Mexico Still Catholic?

 

shutterstock_138057008Let me preface this by pointing out why non-Catholics and non-Christians might find this discussion worthwhile. First, Mexico is the United States’ largest source of immigrants (legal and illegal) and influential states like Texas are heavily colored by Mexican culture (the Texas population is already nearly half hispanic), so its culture is a significant influence on our own. Second, religion is the foundation of culture: it encapsulates many of the most basic perceptions and priorities on which political decisions are made. Thus, the ideas Mexican immigrants bring with them impacts all Americans.

Though more than 80% of Mexican citizens identify as Catholic, I’m hearing a different story from Catholic educators in Texas. American Catholics often complain generally about the state of catechesis (education about the faith), but it seems to be even worse down in Mexico, where many people are ignorant of the beliefs and traditions they claim as their own.

When I lived in San Antonio, I was surprised how many mexicans (the little “m” is intentional; I’m using it as a more specific term than “hispanic”) joined Protestant and Evangelical denominations. That’s not a knock on Protestants, but simply an observation of the shallowness many mexicans’ feel toward the Catholic Church. Even those remaining within it are often what we orthodox call “cafeteria Catholics” or “cultural Catholics;” i.e., Catholics who prefer the Mass, but willfully ignore Church teachings. Others, I’m told, send their children to religious education classes, but not to Mass.

Massive Hurricane Nears Mexico’s Pacific Coast

 

map_specnewsdct-08_ltst_4namus_enus_650x366Hurricane Patricia is the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere, with maximum sustained winds hitting 200 mph. It is projected to strike Mexico’s Pacific coast state of Jalisco late this afternoon or early this evening.

The Category 5 hurricane is likely to make landfall near the popular resort destination of Puerto Vallarta, and authorities and residents are scrambling to prepare for the unprecedented storm. In addition to the high winds, there could be localized rainfall of up to 20 inches and waves of up to 39 feet.

Thankfully, Patricia is expected to lose strength quickly due to the mountainous interior of Jalisco. According to Weather.com, “mid-level moisture and energy from it may get pulled into the south-central U.S.” This could result in significant rain and a threat of flooding in Texas and adjacent states over the weekend.

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Donald Trump has made public his policy proposals for immigration reform. I checked the websites of the other candidates, and his is the most detailed proposal on immigration so far. There are some items, such as e-verify, which I think most candidates would be in favor of. For the purpose of this post, I focused on those items that […]

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My Informed Commentary about Donald Trump and Mexico

 

mexico_immigr_ap_imgListening to Donald Trump verbally assault Mexico disgusts me to the point of illness. There are problems with and in Mexico, but his characterization of it is a grotesque parody of the real situation. His rants are nonsense, and he is a vile man.

My comments are informed because I am a retired Foreign Service Consular officer who spent two tours — four years — at our Embassy in Mexico City. Unlike Trump, I have first-hand knowledge of Mexico, its immigration patterns and economics, and have travelled extensively through the country.

I am in no way in favor of illegal immigration (most consular officers aren’t) and do not turn a blind eye to the problems that mass immigration brings. But I understand why Jeb Bush says that these people are motivated by love. They are in a difficult position in Mexico and want to improve themselves by working in the United States. Leaving to work in another country is difficult. (But that doesn’t mean that we should let them; we have no need for more unskilled laborers, and Scott Walker is spot-on on this point.)

Donald Trump Visits Laredo, Texas

 

Earlier today, Donald Trump visited my birthplace of Laredo, Texas, a city which was founded by my great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather Tomás Sánchez de la Barrera y Garza in 1755. Here is a video of Trump’s press conference in Laredo:

The Border, Exile, and Unconventional Spaces

 

A few years ago, I receivemexico border 01-thumb-700x469d an e-mail from someone named David J. Danelo. “Hi Claire,” he wrote. “I’m a Philadelphia-based field researcher, and will be passing through Istanbul next week en route to a West Africa project. I am interested in learning more about your work in Turkey. Would you be free for dinner on the evening of Tuesday, 2 April? Perhaps around 19:00 somewhere near the airport — I’m scheduled to arrive at 16:40 and depart again at 00:30. Look forward to hearing from you. All the best, David.”

After five minutes of Googling his name, I decided he sounded legitimate. From his website:

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I found a longer video, but the quality is lacking–the man doing the interview is neither able to ask the series of questions he has prepared nor to react to the answers he is getting. I find it remarkable that the man protests, repeatedly, he read her book, but he is asking her whether she […]

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As the arrival of America’s newest pre-existing condition dominates the headlines, worries over the Ebola virus have wreaked havoc on Wall Street, causing the S&P 500 to post its worst three-day slide since November 2011. But if Ebola thinks it can just waltz into this country and diminish Wall Street’s wealth, then Ebola doesn’t know President […]

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What Do We Want From Mexico?

 

Enrique Peña Nieto, president of Mexico, recently told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that the U.S.’s immigration policies are discriminatory. Of course, Zakaria didn’t follow up with any questions about Mexico’s immigration policies toward its neighbors to the south, but that’s not my point.

As far as I know, The U.S. doesn’t have any immigration policies, so I’m not sure what he’s talking about. But it made me think of this question: What could we get from Mexico if we just did whatever this guy thinks we should do, and why isn’t that part of the immigration debate? Mexico has a big stake in getting its people into the U.S. to make money so it can be sent back home, where it is a major part of the economy (up to $120 billion per year, according to data from the World Bank.)

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By now, you might have read that there is an “imminent” terrorist threat originating from the Texas-Mexico border. It was first reported by Judicial Watch and then confirmed (and yet an “exclusive”) by Breitbart. (h/t Cornelius) Is it ISIS or Al Qaeda? Same garbage, different day. (h/t Annika) Preview Open

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