Pope Francis issues thinly veiled rebuke of Donald Trump’s Mexico border wall

THE INDEPENDENT:  has issued a thinly veiled rebuke of Donald Trump’s cornerstone policy to build a wall along the border with Mexico. The pontiff did not refer to the US President by name or directly mention his plan to build a fence along the border but instead emphasised the need to forge bridges rather than walls.

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Mexico’s biggest fear right now is not Donald Trump, it’s gas prices

CNN MONEY: Mexicans are protesting by the thousands, looting and even forcing the U.S. to temporarily close the border.

But their rallying cry isn’t against President Donald Trump and his threats against Mexico. They’re marching against huge gas price increases — dubbed “el gasolinazo” — that went into effect in early January.

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Nissan says Mexico plant going ahead despite Trump warnings

AFP: Nissan said Thursday it is pressing ahead with plans for a new plant in Mexico, despite US President Donald Trump rapping rival Toyota over a factory in the Latin American country. Nissan and Daimler broke ground in 2015 on the facility in Aguascalientes in central Mexico, saying they would invest around $1.0 billion on a factory that would make vehicles for their Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz brands. Nissan — which posted a fall in nine-month profit as it handed out more incentives to sell cars in the US — said the plant is on track to start producing vehicles this year.

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Mexico, Central America to discuss migration under Trump: ambassador

YAHOO NEWS: The foreign ministers of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala will meet in Mexico next week to discuss immigration policy responses to Donald Trump’s U.S. presidency, the Honduran ambassador to Mexico said on Wednesday. Central American ministers want to open lines of communication with Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray to discuss problems with migration and the flow of Central Americans, Alden Rivera said in an interview.

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Trump’s obsession with Mexico makes him miss the bigger picture on Latin America

BUSINESS INSIDER:  Latin America is a big place — or, as Donald Trump might put it, muy grande. While the new US president appears fixated on trade battles with Mexico and halting immigration from the southern border, deep economic and political crises in countries like Venezuela and Brazil threaten to spiral out of control.

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Trump CEO Advisor Thinks President Is Wrong on Mexico

FORTUNE: An advisor on Donald Trump’s business council is voicing concerns with the President’s approach to Mexico. Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, met with Trump last week as part of the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, along with other members, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk and J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon. Fink, who presides over BlackRock’s more than $5 trillion in assets under management, appears to have left the meeting with serious misgivings about the direction President Trump is headed.

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Japan firm drops Mexico plant plan over Trump warnings

AFP:  A top Japanese company said Thursday it had dropped Mexico as a possible location for a new auto parts factory after Donald Trump rapped Toyota over a plant in the country — and economists warned more firms could follow suit. The decision by Nikkei 225-listed Nisshinbo Holdings marked the first time a Japanese company has publicly abandoned a Mexican facility in response to the new US president’s protectionist outbursts, the Nikkei business daily said Thursday.

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Trump: Design of Proposed Wall Along US-Mexican Border Underway

VOICE OF AMERICA: U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday the design of a wall to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S. from Mexico is underway. “The wall is getting designed right now. We will have a wall. It will be a great wall and it will do a lot of — will be a big help,” Trump said without offering specifics during a speech in Washington before the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association.

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Trump Could Give Momentum to Mexico’s Leftist Presidential Candidate

NBC NEWS: President Donald Trump’s fight-picking with Mexico may be indirectly involving him in the presidential ambitions of that country’s own anti-establishment presidential candidate. Andres Manuel López Obrador is the early leading contender in Mexico’s presidential contest and his left-wing, buck the status quo politics have some in the U.S. on guard, particularly those in the business world.

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Trump: Mexico needs help on drug cartels

THE HILL: President Trump says he has discussed aiding Mexico’s fight against local drug cartels with his counterpart, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. “We have to do something about the cartels,” Trump said Monday while discussing the relationship with Mexico on Fox News’s “The O’Reilly Factor.” “I did talk to [Nieto] about it. I want to help him with it. I think he’s a very good man. We have a very good relationship, as you probably know.”

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Ignored part of Trump’s executive order on immigration calls for building detention centers near Mexico border

AOL NEWS: Since taking office, President Trump has signed a flurry of executive orders and the ones related to immigration have been most controversial. But one section of his immigration order — that was largely ignored as a travel ban made major waves — may quietly be setting the stage for some major changes along the U.S. border.

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Mexico: Why anger over Trump hasn’t spilled into the streets

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: In the weeks since President Trump’s inauguration, Mexico has confronted a growing list of verbal digs, biting executive orders, and even what sounded to some like casual threats of military intervention. The response from Mexico’s political and academic elites has been swift and strong. There have been pledges never to pay for a border wall, reminders of the role Mexico plays in securing the southern US border, and even encouragement of a boycott of Starbucks and McDonald’s.

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Before the Wall: Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

NEW YORK TIMES: For nearly 700 miles along the American border with Mexico, a wall already exists. It passes through the silt deserts of Sonora, where cacti grow like organ pipes. Farther east, heavy steel X-frames cut through the flat miles of sun-bleached grass like battlefield markers. In Texas, the red-tinged beams that make up parts of the border fence are cold, hard and rough to the touch. In Tijuana, two fences – one old, the other more recent – plunge all the way into the ocean, where waves corrode the stanchioned metal.

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Inside the Nation’s First Bilingual University

TEXAS OBSERVER: “The question of the day is: Are you smart?” professor José Saldívar announced at the start of class. “Don’t just give me a yes-or-no answer. Tell me why.” Seated in a sparkling new classroom at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg campus, with rolling chairs in the school colors — blue, green and burnt orange — students inched closer together to debate the value of innate ability versus hard work. Their conversations might have occurred in any first-year seminar, but for one key difference: They took place in both English and Spanish, often at the same time.

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