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How cartels seized Mexico's avocado business

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Nov 26, 2019
Mexico's avocado farmers report extortion, hijacking and related danger posed by cartels.
An avocado orchard in the Mexican state of Michoacan.
Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times © 2019

U.S. migration policies hit the Mexico-Guatemala border

by Rodrigo Cervantes Nov 12, 2019
Tensions between the U.S. and Mexico regarding migration have also hit hard on the borders, not only between both nations, but also between Mexico and Guatemala.
Raftsmen help Guatemalans cross the Suchiate towards Mexico, where they buy goods with higher quality and lower prices.
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U.S. lawmakers visit Mexico for labor reform assurances under trade deal

by Scott Tong Oct 7, 2019
Congressional Democrats have suggested they could vote for the North American pact if protections for Mexican workers are sufficiently implemented.
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In an ancient Mesoamerican city, archaeologists find a narrow wealth gap

by Jorge Valencia Aug 2, 2019
Present societies can learn from Teotihuacán's narrow wealth gap, says one archaeologist.
A woman on a man's shoulder's takes a picture of the Kukulcan Pyramid at the Mayan archaeological site of Chichen Itza in Yucatan State, Mexico in  2018.
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Can Mexico succeed in stopping Central American migration? What if it can't?

by Andy Uhler Jun 10, 2019
Mexico pledged to disrupt human smuggling networks and patrol its own borders more closely.
People climb a section of border fence to look toward supporters in the U.S. as members of a caravan of Central American asylum seekers arrive to a rally on April 29, 2018 in Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico.
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Trump says US, Mexico reach agreement to prevent tariffs

by Associated Press Jun 7, 2019
Deal ends threat of U.S. tariffs against Mexico.
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Short-notice tariffs: a wrench in the border machine

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 6, 2019
The prospect of pop-up tariffs hitting everything coming across the border has the people who work in the export-import trade worried.
Cargo trucks line up to cross into the U.S. at the Otay Mesa crossing port in Tijuana, Mexico, in April.
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Mexico tariffs could hike car prices by $1,500

by Kimberly Adams May 31, 2019
The Trump administration has threatened to levy a 5% tax on Mexican imports next month, which could go as high as 25%.
“We have the highest prices in the world right now for aluminum and steel,” said Kristin Dziczek, a vice president at the Center for Automotive Research. Above, Ford Mustangs are assembled at a plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, in 2004.
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Trump prompts protests with promise of new Mexican tariffs

by Associated Press May 31, 2019
Donald Trump says he is placing a 5% tariff on Mexican imports, effective June 10, to pressure the country to curb immigration into the U.S. by undocumented migrants.
Aerial view of cargo trucks heading to the United States lining up near the commercial port of entry in Otay, in Tijuana, Baja California state on May 30, 2019.
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Traffic at border crossings to Mexico slows to a crawl

by Andy Uhler Apr 5, 2019
Lines of vehicles and waiting times have been growing at border crossings in El Paso, San Diego, and elsewhere.
Aerial view of cargo trucks lining up to cross to the United States near the US-Mexico border at Otay Mesa crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on April 4, 2019. US President Donald Trump is expected to visit a section of the border fence in Calexico during his tour to California on Friday.
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