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U.S.-Mexico Relations

  • Oct 14, 2012 · 4:00 PM
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The United States has a complicated relationship with Mexico. One million American citizens live in Mexico and approximately 10 million Americans visit Mexico every year. In 2011, Mexico was the second-largest supplier of oil to the United States. However, the majority of illicit drugs in the U.S. are smuggled from Mexico, and the U.S. demand for drugs has fueled violent drug wars in Mexico. One unresolved issue in U.S. Mexican relations is illegal immigration. Just over half (51%) of all current Mexican immigrants are unauthorized, and some 58% of the estimated 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. are Mexican.

In July 2012, Mexicans elected Enrique Peña Nieto to replace Felipe Calderon as president of Mexico. Nieto will take office in December 2012. Join us as we discuss the challenges Nieto and Mexico face. For example:

Is it possible for the U.S. and Mexico to agree on an immigration policy?

Nieto plans on reducing drug violence, not necessarily drug trafficking. Is this plausible? How will/should the U.S. react?

Mexico's drug violence is fueled by guns from the U.S and by American drug consumption.  Can the violence be reduced by reducing consumption or supply?  Also, can is American gun control a viable option to curb the violence?

As always...
All views and political orientations are welcome.
We welcome beginners and policy wonks alike. Feel free to join the discussion or just to listen and learn.
If you sign up and change your mind, please change your reply so that someone else may attend.
Meetup to last 1.5 hours (until 5:30 PM) although, of course, people are welcome to continue beyond that point.

U.S. Relations with Mexico

How Mexico's Presidential Election Will Change the War on Drugs

Mexico’s Big, Inherited Challenges, a summary of President Calderon’s presidency and the challenges Nieto will inherit

Give Mexico a Chance, opinion on how Mexico can improve its economy

From Tequila Crisis to Sunrise, the resurgence of the Mexican banking sector

Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero—and Perhaps Less, statistics on Mexican migration to the U.S.

Halting U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Mexico, U.S.Congressional Report

Lost in Detention (video), the Obama Administration's controversial get-tough immigration policy



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  • James C.

    A nice chance to compare notes on this important topic.

    October 17, 2012

  • Yura

    David, thank you again for the invitation. I greatly enjoyed today's discussion. Looking forward to next week!

    October 8, 2012

  • David G.

    No, Yura, just come on in. Some people have dinner first at 6:30, but it's not necessary.

    October 8, 2012

  • Yura

    David, does your other group require RSVPs? Thank you in advance!

    October 8, 2012

  • David G.

    FYI, my other group is debating TARGETED KILLINGS next Monday at 7pm. See:

    We could use a few foreign policy afficionados.

    October 5, 2012

  • David G.

    Also, at my group's website I linked to 5-6 top-notch articles on Medicare and health care reform generally. See:

    September 9, 2012

  • David G.

    Nice meeting. BTW, here is the best comprehensive acct of Medicare's problems and solutions I've ever read. The principles and lessons here apply to any natl health care system. It's long and gets bogged down in the weeds in the middle (skim pp.5-9, is my advice). But, extremely useful, and it answers some of the questions we posed today.

    September 9, 2012

  • Steve G.

    I'll be on my road trip but will keep an eye on the number of RSVP's and if I'm back in time, I'll jump in. Steve

    August 25, 2012

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