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We have compiled some of the most recent and relevant US-Mexico border related articles from a variety of news outlets and linked them here for your convenience. The opinions expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the BLC and we are not responsible for the content of the websites that are linked here.



The operator of Diamond Environmental Services, a San Marcos-based portable outhouse provider, faces possible prison time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines following his guilty plea to charges of unlawful disposal of wastewater throughout Southern California.

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Tons of Human Waste Illegally Dumped, San Marcos Porta Potty Operator Guilty


One of the most coveted prizes in Mexican politics is up for grabs on Sunday June 6th when residents of the country's most populous state, the State of México, go to the polls to elect a new governor. With the presidential election coming up in July of 2018, the parties are jostling for position in the state election.

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State of México vote is one to watch Sunday



It has now been almost four months since the Canadian government lifted the visa requirement for Mexican visitors to Canada. In the wake of this decision Mexico became the seventh principal source of tourism in Canada. This may be evidence of tourists' preferences shifting away from U.S. destinations in favor of locations in Canada.

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Canada sees big spike in Mexican visitors



Representatives from the Mexican Automotive Industry Association (AMIA) and the National Autoparts Industry (INA) speak to the importance and size of the U.S. -Mexico automotive parts market. According to industry leaders, "the sector is so intermingled that any changes would have repercussions in both countries."

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Mexico supplies US with 40% of its automotive parts



Migrants in the United States are expected to have sent a record $27 billion in remittances to Mexico in 2016, which according to BBVA Bancomer, is an increase of more that $2 billion over the previous year. In November alone, remittances increased by roughtly 25% to nearly $2.4 billion, which is the largest increase in a single month since 2006.

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Migrants in U.S., Mexico fret about Trump threat to halt remittances





The new Cali-Baja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) opened in late May. The Center is expected to bring together researchers and scholars “to design materials and systems for extreme environments” and also to “explore the extreme social and economic contrasts found along the Tijuana-San Diego border.” This binational research institute is the result of collaboration between UCSD and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM).

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New Binational Research Institute Represents the Future for U.S. Mexico Relations


The 1.5 billion dollar joint venture between Aeroméxico and Delta Airlines was recently approved by México’s federal competition commission. This approval comes just weeks after México’s Senate approved an air transport deal with the United State. This initial agreement was important as it allows for airlines to open new routes between México and the U.S.

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Mexico Competition Watchdog Approves Aeromexico-Delta Joint Venture



Governor of Nuevo León, Jaime Rodriguez and President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye met recently to discuss plans to open a Kia motors plant in Nuevo León, México. The negotiations for this $1 billion plant seem to be moving forward. The plant is expected to have a production capacity of 300,000 vehicles per year which will cater to the North and South American demand.

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Mexican state government eyes deal with Kia to end plant dispute




Otay Mesa Joint Pre-Inspection Facility Opened


As part of the 21st Century Border Management Initiative a new joint pre-inspection facility for agricultural produce was opened in Otay Mesa, Mexico on Tuesday, January 12th. The facility is part of a pilot program to streamline trade across the border and maximize efficiency by allowing goods to pass through a single inspection performed in conjunction with U.S. and Mexican authorities. The first joint pre-inspection facility was opened in October 2015 for manufacturing goods at the Laredo International Airport in Texas and a third facility is planned to opened later this year in San Jeronimo, Chihuahua, Mexico.

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U.S., Mexico Launch Joint Inspections in Tijuana








San Diego - Tijuana Cross-Border Airport Terminal Opens


Cross Border Xpress (CBX), a privately operated U.S. air terminal, opened on December 9th, connecting San Diego and the Tijuana International Airport. The 390 foot pedestrian overpass offers an alternative to the San Ysidro Port of Entry, where wait times can extend up to three hours. Officials do not expect any appreciable impacts to either airport as they both offer predominantly domestic flights, while both sides of the border are looking forward to an economic boost in the region.

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Q&A About San Diego's Cross-Border Airport

California Now Shares a Rare Cross-Border Airport with Mexico

Official Cross Border Xpress Website




REPORT LAUNCH Competitive Border Communities: Mapping and Developing U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries


This year, the Mexico Institute and the North American Research Partnership undertook an initiative to identify, map and analyze key industries that are highly concentrated, dynamic and binational, operating within five binational sub-regions along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. The project is designed to support the economic development work of both local communities and the federal governments in the U.S.-Mexico border region by identifying strong candidates for cluster-based economic development efforts.

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CSG West’s Border Legislative Conference Program Launches Report Titled “The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition.”

Earlier this month, CSG West’s Border Legislative Conference (BLC) program was in Washington D.C. to launch a report titled “The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition.” The report was a collaboration between the BLC, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Mexico Institute, along with the North American Research Partnership and with the financial backing of USAID Mexico.

How to Boost Border Competitiveness? Just Ask the Folks There.

For years, the United States’ southern border with Mexico has provoked a range of fears, from terrorism and drugs to overwhelming numbers of unauthorized immigrants, prompting asecurity first and often security-only approach to border management. Fear-based rhetoric may resonate in the echo chambers of Washington DC, but it feels wholly out of touch to most (though not all) residents of border communities.


Report sees border opportunities

Rich in potential, the U.S.-Mexico border’s economic future can be strengthened through measures such as educational exchanges, renewable energy clusters, binational planning efforts, and improved connections among economic development groups on both sides of the border, according to a recently release report.




Joint Statement: United States-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue


When President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the creation of the United States-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) in May 2013, they established a new strategic vision for our economic cooperation, focused on delivering tangible and positive economic benefits to the people of the United States and Mexico.


Why the U.S.-Mexico Relationship Matters


The United States and Mexico have enjoyed a unique and flourishing relationship over the past decades. I am delighted to start 2015 by visiting Washington, D.C., and embarking on new ways in which Mexico and the United States can strengthen our ties in order to make North America the most prosperous and competitive region in the world

Private companies are harnessing Mexico's nascent wind energy industry

Energy reforms south of the border have most people concentrating on oil and natural gas, but some companies are seeking profitable ventures through Mexico's wind energy market.






CSG West's Border Legislative Conference Announces Executive Summary on Binational Competitiveness to Mexico Lawmakers

Last week the Council of State Governments West's Border Legislative Conference (BLC) unveiled to Mexican federal lawmakers and U.S. officials the executive summary of a report focused on the competitiveness of the U.S. - Mexico border region. The report, titled "The U.S. - Mexico Border Economy in Transition," was developed by CSG West's research partners - the Wilson Center Mexico Institute and the North American Research Partnership. 



SD, TJ mayors agree to more cooperation


The mayors of Tijuana and San Diego Tuesday signed an agreement that aims to increase collaboration between the two cities and regions. This is the first agreement between the cities since 1994, the year NAFTA went into effect.




Arizona opens trade-investment office in Mexico


The Arizona State Trade and Investment Office has opened in Mexico City.



New lanes ease wait times at border


Could long lines at the San Ysidro Port of Entry be largely in the past? Many drivers accustomed to waiting in line for hours instead sailed through the busy border crossing within minutes on Wednesday. What made it possible was the reopening of seven inspection lanes — and the completion of a key phase in the $741 million reconstruction of the massive port, the busiest on the U.S.-Mexico border.


Cuellar: Debate on Immigration Surge Set to Re-emerge

The congressional debate about how to address the influx of unaccompanied Central American minors crossing illegally into Texas is likely to re-emerge later this year when lawmakers debate an omnibus budget bill, according to a Texas lawmaker.


Experts say Mexico, Canada border region has wealth of opportunity

Borders with Mexico and Canada offer vast opportunities for commerce and trade, U.S. lawmakers and other leaders said Friday at a Texas-Chihuahua-New Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum in El Paso.       

High anxiety; Rumours, terror and the border

AN NBC News/Wall Street Journal opinion poll this week revealed a collapse in American public confidence that the country is safer than before the September 11th attacks. Analysts traced that collapse directly to news reports of the beheading of two American journalists by the murderous fanatics of the Islamic State (IS).

Congressman Owens participates in major border conference

North Country Congressman Bill Owens participated in a panel discussion at a major border conference in Texas recently. A member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, he provided expertise on how to increase secure trade.


Juarez mayor denies ISIS rumors, says terrorists would be detected immediately

The mayor of Ciudad Juarez responded to rumors of ISIS terrorists operating in his city at the 2014 Border Conference held in downtown El Paso on Friday.

Conference welcomes leaders from both sides of the border

The office of Congressman O'Rourke stated between the U.S. and Mexico there is an estimated $90 billion in trade, twenty percent of it comes through El Paso ports of entry.

Dispelling border negativity myths key to economic development

Federal and state border representatives at a bi-national conference in El Paso on Friday said that in order for the U.S.-Mexico border region to be economically competitive in a global marketplace, negative myths surrounding the border must first be dispelled.

Telling the border’s story ; O’Rourke: Not a threat, an economic opportunity

When U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, El Paso’s Democratic congressman, is on the House floor, he has a special way of striking up conversations with other members of Congress. A chat with a representative from Tennessee recently began by O’Rourke asking, “Hey, did you know your state has 122,000 jobs that rely on trade with Mexico?”

NAFTA 2.0: A North American Union
Gross domestic product of NAFTA about $19 trillion

U.S. federal lawmakers at a border conference in El Paso on Friday discussed the possibility and need to not only expand and integrate U.S.-Mexico trade further, but also strengthen North American trade by better linking commercial relationships between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.

Border conference addresses economics, immigration

Border Conference tackles region's economic, social issues

Juarez mayor denies ISIS rumors, says terrorists would be detected immediately



Jerry Brown, avoiding immigration debate, heads to Mexico


When Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation last year granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, he accused Congress of “foot-dragging” on immigration and said Washington needed “a good push.” The move was uncharacteristic of Brown who, in his third term, had largely declined to engage in national policy debates.



BMW Planning Building $1 Billion Factory in Mexico

The maker of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles is the last of the world’s top three luxury-car makers to outline plans to build vehicles in Mexico, where labor costs are about 20 percent of U.S. levels.



Marine veteran hopes for release from TJ prison

Andrew Tahmooressi said he was hoping for a new beginning when he drove from Florida to California in March, with all of his worldly possessions inside his Ford F-150 truck. But a trip to Mexico certainly was not part of his plan.




California Trade Delegation heading to Mexico

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he will lead a Trade and Investment Mission to Mexico during the last week of July 2014 to strengthen ties with California's neighbor and largest export market.




San Ysidro border upgrade truly a government 'investment'

Border delays are a huge economic drag. The San Diego Association of Governments estimates they depress U.S. and Mexican economic activity by more than $7 billion a year and suppress creation of more than 60,000 jobs.





A Safe Ride Home

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has joined the Sonora State Secretariat of Public Health to educate the public about the importance of properly restraining infants and children when riding in motor vehicles. Through this cooperative partnership, Arizona and Sonora have established A Safe Ride Home website where Arizonans can donate new and gently used child safety seats for distribution to families in México. Resources are also available for reduced cost and free child safety seats as well as current listings for recalled items. Link to Agreement.


Merida Initiative backing for Tijuana Scouts

"The 13-year-old is participating in a pilot project started this year in Tijuana by the nonprofit Asociación Scouts de Mexico. The program is part of an unprecedented, U.S.-funded effort led by the Scouts group to help some of Mexico’s at-risk youths resist the influence of drug gangs."




Before the School Bell Rings, Some Students Make an International Journey


"New Mexico is unique in how openly its schools embrace American children living in Mexico, but all along the U.S.-Mexican border, children cross international lines on their way to school every day."




Bill Seeks to Allow Drilling Near US Mexico Maritime Border


A legislative hearing will take place Thursday in Washington D.C. as lawmakers consider a bill that would lift the current moratorium on drilling along the U.S.-Mexico maritime border in the Gulf of Mexico.


Napolitano says federal cuts may not impact U.S.-Mexico border


Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says a new Congressional budget should eliminate the need to furlough or cut overtime hours for border agents. Napolitano said Thursday after meeting with Houston law enforcement officials and business leaders the agency still is reviewing the numbers but it appears security will "get back to where we were before sequestration."




Mexico's telecoms reform bill – The Expert Take


In another bold move, the Enrique Peña Nieto government has presented legislation to the Mexican Congress that is aimed at reducing the power and monopolistic control that is currently held by the dominant players in the country's telecommunications sector.


Bi-national task force says border security is better than ever but needs enhancement


A prominent bi-national task force argued that although the U.S.-Mexico border is tighter than ever, both countries should expand cooperative law-enforcement efforts along the border to enhance security.




New Mexico 2012 exports to Mexico rise 50 percent


New Mexico merchandise exports to Mexico are at an all-time high coming in at about $618 million, 50 percent higher than 2011 exports which stood at $464 million, according to numbers released by the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration.


2 U.S.-Mexico Border Cities Boast Lowest Crime Rates, New Data Shows


While the reinvigorated immigration reform debate promises to prompt more discussion about border security and transnational crime, Congressional Quarterly's annual release of crime rate statistics highlights how safe some parts of the Southwest are.




Expansion of Hours for Otay Mesa Ready Lane: Ready Lanes Will Remain Open 24 Hours


U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced today that the vehicle Ready Lanes at the Otay Mesa port of entry will now be open 24 hours a day, seven days per week, starting Sunday, January 27.


Our View: Coordination between U.S., Mexico key to border crossing plans


Time lines, as much as the planning itself, appear to be the key elements as the U.S. and Mexico coordinate port, road and railroad projects in this area. State and federal officials in both countries have mapped out long-range plans, but unless cross-border roads and rails meet, neither can complete what they consider high-priority projects.


Border Patrol Opens Unmanned Crossing on U.S.-Mexico Border


Get ready for the very first "unmanned" border station on the U.S.-Mexico border. Slated to open at the end of this month, the Big Bend National Park in Texas will be staffed by, you guessed it, computers.