Spring in the air, and temperatures rising.

In the wake of Tesla’s decision last month to open a plant in northern Mexico, we’ve seen a modest uptick in the Mexican economy. Mexico’s inflation decreased more than expected last month. Remittances from abroad also rose 11 percent in February over the previous year, and Mexico’s year-on-year automobile production in March increased 13 percent with auto exports rising by…

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Three Amigos Summit, check; The road ahead.

Following the feel-good Three Amigos Summit in January, it’s back to the tough work of managing crises and trying to create opportunity in North America.  This past Sunday, well over one hundred thousand Mexicans took to the streets in Mexico City and cities across the country to protest President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s latest move to undermine the…

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“Three Amigos” Summit: Photo op, or North American Leadership?

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, President Joe Biden, President Andrés Manuel López  Obrador, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met in Mexico City for the North American Leaders Summit (NALS). While NALS launched in 2005, this week marked only the 10th so-called “Three Amigos” summit.  With so many pressing issues on immigration, security and trade facing the…

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Dog days of summer, but plenty going on in the U.S./ Mexico relationship.

We’re well into the dog days of summer and it’s hard to believe that August is just a few days away. Yet, there is enough going on within U.S.-Mexico relations to set the tone for the balance of the year, and likely into 2022.  The Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading quickly worldwide, leading to new…

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Mexico: Elections, VP Harris visit and more.

This week, Vice President Kamala Harris visited Guatemala and Mexico in her first trip abroad. The diplomatic visit came on the heels of Mexico’s largest election in history, widely seen as a referendum of the first half of López Obrador’s six-year term, even though the president himself wasn’t on the ballot.  On Sunday, Mexicans turned out…

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U.S./ Mexico: Time for a more ambitious agenda.

Less than 72 hours ago, Vice President Kamala Harris met virtually with Mexican President Andrés López Manual Obrador to discuss cooperation on addressing migration from Central America and spurring development in southern Mexico. The two leaders will meet again next month during Harris’ first international trip to Mexico and Guatemala. I spoke with CBSN’s Tanya Rivero about the…

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Opinion | Ally shoring, a critical opportunity for North America

The following piece first appeared in Mexico Today, by Reforma. You can find it here, or continue reading. In his first 100 days, President Joe Biden set out rebuild vital economic and political relationships with our allies in the region and around the world. Mexico, a crucial ally and one of our leading trade partners,…

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In The News

Bloomberg “Balance of Power”, Jan. 9, 2023: “Immigration Top on Agenda During Biden Mexico Visit”

Dallas Morning News, October 20, 2022: “Stop playing defense with immigration policy”