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“Transmigrante” traffic may boost economy of Texas border town

Apr 6, 2021
Central Americans who make a living towing secondhand goods over the U.S.-Mexico border have a new crossing point at Presidio.
Since late March, the Presidio-Ojinaga port of entry has been open to transmigrantes, Central American drivers who travel through Mexico to their home countries to sell secondhand goods purchased in the United States.
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With COVID surging, Mexico faces a shortage of oxygen to treat patients

Mar 4, 2021
As prices climb, the government says it is trying to crack down on unlawful trade in oxygen and related equipment.
In Guadalajara, Mexico, people line up to refill oxygen tanks for relatives with COVID-19.
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How could a revamped "bracero"program work?

Mar 1, 2021
The original program that imported Mexican labor ended in the 1960s due to rights violations. Biden and Lopez Obrador may discuss a similar plan.
The original bracero program imported Mexican workers for the agriculture and railroad industries, but it was terminated in the 1960s amid reports of human rights abuses. Biden and Lopez Obrador may discuss a similar plan.
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Mexican informal workers, hit hard by the pandemic, press for more government support

Dec 31, 2020
Many who make their living buying used goods in the United States and reselling them in Mexico face the challenge of border restrictions. In response, they’ve organized.
Nearly a year before the first cases were confirmed in Sonora, Benito Encinas' teenage son, Emilio, helps him unload merchandise largely purchased at Arizona yard sales.
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Mexico requires warning labels on some processed foods

Dec 4, 2020
The "junk food" labeling warns that some foods are high in sodium, or have excessive sugars.
Esteban Pérez works in the family business: a store in Mexico City that his grandfather started decades ago. He shows a soda can with the new warning labeling in Mexico.
Rodrigo Cervantes

Mexico's tourist industry struggles as the pandemic continues

Nov 27, 2020
Tourists from the U.S. are the main source of foreign tourism in Mexico. Hotels there are operating at just 30% of capacity.
Tourists walk on Madero street in March in Mexico City.
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The pandemic threatens to push more people in Mexico into poverty

Oct 1, 2020
And Mexico doesn't pay unemployment insurance.
One economic researcher says almost 1 in 5 people in the Mexican labor force have lost their jobs. Pictured: Andres Tolentino Hernandez, who lost his job at a printing workshop when the virus hit.
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In Mexico, auto industry struggles to rev up operations

Sep 24, 2020
As the auto industry reopens, unions say they are concerned about working conditions in plants.
Auto industry activity is resuming at factories in Mexico. But, unions are concerned about working conditions.
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In Mexico, the once-thriving theater industry is in decline

Sep 18, 2020
The vice president of the Mexican Society of Theater Producers said the industry has lost about $1 billion since theaters closed in early March.
People sit outside the closed Hidalgo Theater in Mexico City in March.
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Mexico's crumbling economy leads to border arrests, more COVID-19 fears

Sep 10, 2020
Roughly 40% of the population of Mexico lives in poverty. The struggles were present even before COVID-19 hit.
A sign with indications to cross to the United States near El Chaparral pedestrian crossing port in Tijuana, Mexico, on Sept. 1.
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