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Mexico gets another aftershock earthquake..This one of a 6.1 Magnitute….

This is the third one after the intial 8.1 one a few weeks ago….

Over 300 people have lost their lives due the Mexcico quakes…..

Mexico has been hit with several strong earthquakes in the last few weeks. 

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico early Saturday, the third to hit the reeling nation over the last two weeks.

The mighty rumbling sparked new panic in a nation rattled by recent natural disasters, as the death toll from another earthquake earlier this week rose to 305.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered a mere 11 miles south of Matias Romero in the Oaxaca state and hit just before 8 a.m. local time. Officials believe it’s likely an aftershock from the powerful 8.1-magnitude earthquake on Sept. 7, in which almost 100 people were killed.

It was strong enough to topple a highway bridge in Ixtaltepec, which was already closed because of damage from the Sept. 7 quake….


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Trump gets ‘self deportation’ to work…

Mitt Romney was laughed at in trying sell this….

Donald Trump makes it start to work…..

The LA Times does a piece on one family with undocumented heads, but American born children that have no knowledge of Mexico a place their parents are returning to voluntarily, something that was unthinkable a few years ago….And Mexico has having to cope with the increased numbers of people coming back across the border….

There are nearly half a million children who are U.S. citizens enrolled in Mexican schools, the Mexican government said last year. Researchers have found some students struggling to integrate because they cannot read or write in Spanish.

Mexico has not had the long history of immigration like the U.S. and so has not had to grapple with how to accommodate non-Spanish-speaking students in their schools.

“They haven’t thought about creating classes of Spanish as a second language,” said Patricia Gándara, a UCLA professor who heads up education for the UC-Mexico Initiative.

“Without programs to help integrate these kids into the schools and without even the acknowledgment on the part of many teachers that these kids have special needs, they’re not likely to fare really well in the Mexican school system,” Gándara said. “We think it’s a real crisis.”

If large numbers of English-speaking U.S.-born children began heading south, they could swamp the Mexican school system.

There were an estimated 4.5 million U.S.-born children under the age of 18 living with undocumented parents, according to a 2012 Pew Research Center study. A USC analysis found that about 13% of children in Los Angeles County were U.S. citizens with at least one parent without legal status.

An American citizen with a parent who is a Mexican national can become a dual citizen through “registro de nacimiento,” or birth registration.

In 2016, from January through August, the Mexican Consulate in L.A. registered 991 births. This year, over the same months, more than 2,000 were registered.

There have also been increases in birth registrations at the consulates of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, credited in part to the new administration.

“I think in part because of the insecurity that’s come with President Trump and the possible changes to immigration,” said Pablo Ordóñez, Honduras’ consul general in L.A. “I think people are preparing for any possibility.”…..


Mexico also has to recover from Mother Natures forces….

It has and is a rough time for the southern part of North America….

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Desperation set in Saturday as Mexico reeled from a pair of deadly disasters that struck the country on both coasts.

Recovery efforts were underway near the epicenter of one of the most powerful earthquakes to ever hit the nation. The massive 8.1 quake killed at least 90, authorities said.

Rescuers scoured the rubble left after hundreds of buildings were toppled in the southern states of Chiapas, Tabasco and Oaxaca, where many are feared trapped under stone and concrete.

The quake struck off the southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday.

At least 61 dead in Mexico earthquake, tsunami warnings issued

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto declared three days of national mourning.

Simultaneously, officials were readying for the possibility of flooding and landslides along the eastern coast after Hurricane Katia made landfall late Friday as a Category 1 storm….



Mexico has a 8.4 earthquake on its southern coast….

Mother Nature appears to be mad at the people, on this planet….


The massive earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico late Thursday and was felt as far away as Mexico City, where residents fled violently swaying buildings and electrical transformers exploded.

The Mexican Seismological Institute said the earthquake measured 8.4 in magnitude, making it the most powerful to strike Mexico since the disastrous earthquake of 1985, which caused extensive damage in Mexico City and left at least 5,000 people dead.

The epicenter of Thursday’s earthquake was about 60 miles off the coast of Chiapas state, near the border with Guatemala, according to the United States Geological Survey, which measured the quake’s magnitude at 8.1.

The National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned that tsunami waves as high as 9 feet might hit along Mexico’s Pacific coast.

Tsunami waves of 2.3 feet were observed in Huatulco, a resort city in Mexico’s Oaxaca state, and 3.3 feet at Salina Cruz, according to the center.

The earthquake struck at 9:49 p.m. Pacific time Thursday. The shaking toppled houses in Chiapas state, and was felt in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala…..


image..LA Times

Donald Trump’s withdrawl from world market’s is helping OTHER countries…And will Hurt ours…

His idea to NOT go along with International trade deals like the Trans Pacific Pac is creating a vacuum that OTHER countries are only TOO willing move in to their advantage….

While Trump & Co. reason that America can hold out for better terms?

American agriculture and manufacturing companies are going to be shut out of markets and THAT is gonna cause American jobs and maybe even drastic drops in prices from over capacity IN AMERICA….

Here’s what happens when the U.S. pulls out of a major trade deal: New Zealand seizes the opportunity to send more of its milk and cheese to China. Japanese consumers pay less for Australian beef than for American meat. Canadians talk about sending everything from farm products to banking services to Japan and India.

President Donald Trump dumped the 12-nation TPP right after he took office, saying it was a “horrible” deal and blaming it for sucking American jobs abroad. But now other countries are ready to rush into the vacuum the U.S. is leaving behind, negotiating tariff-cutting deals that could eliminate any competitive advantage for U.S. goods.

That phenomenon is on stark display this week in Chile, where more than a dozen Pacific Rim countries are meeting in a beachside hotel to talk about moving on in the post-TPP era. China, not one of the original signers of the TPP, is here looking to cut deals. So are Canada and Mexico. And while the U.S. would normally send a high-ranking trade official to this kind of gathering, the Trump administration, is just sending an envoy from the embassy in Santiago.

Competitors say they have no choice but to take the money U.S. businesses would have earned otherwise.

“We are not trying to take market share from the U.S. It’s more like you are putting money on the table and pushing it towards us,” said Carlo Dade, director of trade and investment policy for the Canada West Foundation, a Calgary-based think tank.

In the long run, U.S. companies could move jobs and factories abroad to take advantage of trade deals that make it cheaper to produce goods in other counties. And U.S. industries, particularly agriculture, could lose billions of dollars a year in export sales….


Texas Governor Perry mounts a ‘surge’ on his Southern Border with Mexico…Border overrun with immigrant children…

The Texas Law Enforcement people are ordered to do Border Patrol duties?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Wednesday night ordered a state law enforcement surge on the Texas-Mexico border, saying he could no longer afford to wait for Washington to act.

The governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate said the rise in capture of unaccompanied alien children had overwhelmed state resources and Mexican cartel networks for human and drug smuggling had put Texas lives at risk.

Citing a humanitarian crisis, the governor directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to begin a surge, at the cost of $1.3 million per week, to combat the “flood of illegal immigration into the state.”

“The responsibility for securing the border rests exclusively on the federal government,” wrote Perry, along with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas House speaker Joe Straus.

“The Federal government’s failure to secure the border has created an incentive for families to send their children on a dangerous, and sometimes fatal, journey,” they continued in the letter, setting up a surge that mirrors a similar effort last year.

In total, the U.S. border patrol has captured 160,000 illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley this year alone, Perry said.

Some 34,000 unaccompanied alien children have been apprehended in the state this year, already more than to overall total in 2013, the governor said. That number is expected to reach 90,000 by the end of the year.

Wednesday night on CNN, Perry said housing the influx of immigrants has begun to suck up resources meant for his citizens.


….for a LA Times look at the conditions that children are being held in at the border…..here….

Immigrant youths covered the dirty concrete floors of the Border Patrol holding cells here, sprawled shoulder to shoulder and draped in grubby Red Cross blankets, enveloped in a haze of sweat and body odor.

Groups of girls and boys stared out the windows of their cells, some of the girls holding babies of their own, as agents watched from a central monitoring station. A girl could be seen scrubbing her armpits at the back of the cell.

This 4,900-square-foot detention center near the Mexican border in south Texas was built to house 250, but for the last few months it has been holding twice that, thanks to what U.S. officials say is an unprecedented influx of children and families, most from Central America, hoping for refuge in the United States.

More than 800 of the youngsters are being held at a former warehouse in Nogales, Ariz., now also deployed as a detention center for migrant youths.

Facing growing controversy over reports of crowded and unsanitary conditions, Border Patrol officials on Wednesday provided the first limited public access to the two facilities, allowing reporters on brief, controlled tours for glimpses of children and a few mothers detained there at the end of their often long journeys from places as far away as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

In Arizona, most were corralled behind chain-link fences topped with razor wire, huddling for warmth on plastic mats under flimsy metallic Mylar blankets. A television was suspended from the ceiling. Banks of portable toilets served as sanitary facilities. Beside a recreation area, a camouflage tarp had been strung up to shield temporary showers….



It IS becoming evident that the US Border patrol is overwhelmed with the influx of children coming NOT from directly from Mexico , but thru Mexico from South America….

While Congress has CUT the funds for immigration…There is a need to reverse that….America has it hands full with the Middle East, The Pacific and Europe….But THIS issue is close to home, involves children and needs to move to the top of the list….

Don’t Look but Mexico’s Economy is growing faster than the US…

It’s growing faster than Canada and Brazil the perceive economic strong houses on this side of the planet….

And ThAT has fostered a migration BOOM to Mexico…..

It hasn’t changed the economic ineicities in the country….

But Mexico’s economic growth IS attacting new blood from around the globe….


Rising wages in China and higher transportation costs have made Mexican manufacturing highly competitive again, with some projections suggesting it is already cheaper than China for many industries serving the American market. Europe is sputtering, pushing workers away. And while Mexico’s economy is far from trouble free, its growth easily outpaced the giants of the hemisphere — the United States, Canada and Brazil — in 2011 and 2012, according to International Monetary Fund data, making the country more attractive to fortune seekers worldwide.

The new arrivals range in class from executives to laborers; Mexican officials said Friday that residency requests had grown by 10 percent since November, when a new law meant to streamline the process took effect. And they are coming from nearly everywhere.

Guillaume Pace saw his native France wilting economically, so with his new degree in finance, he moved to Mexico City.

Lee Hwan-hee made the same move from South Korea for an internship, while Spanish filmmakers, Japanese automotive executives and entrepreneurs from the United States and Latin America arrive practically daily — pursuing dreams, living well and frequently succeeding.

“There is this energy here, this feeling that anything can happen,” said Lesley Téllez, a Californian whose three-year-old business running culinary tours served hundreds of clients here last year. “It’s hard to find that in the U.S.”

The shift with Mexico’s northern neighbor is especially stark. Americans now make up more than three-quarters of Mexico’s roughly one million documented foreigners, up from around two-thirds in 2000, leading to a historic milestone: more Americans have been added to the population of Mexico over the past few years than Mexicans have been added to the population of the United States, according to government data in both nations.

Mexican migration to the United States has reached an equilibrium, with about as many Mexicans moving north from 2005 to 2010 as those returning south. The number of Americans legally living and working in Mexico grew to more than 70,000 in 2012 from 60,000 in 2009, a number that does not include many students and retirees, those on tourist visas or the roughly 350,000 American children who have arrived since 2005 with their Mexican parents.

“Mexico is changing; all the numbers point in that direction,” said Ernesto Rodríguez Chávez, the former director of migration policy at Mexico’s Interior Ministry. He added: “There’s been an opening to the world in every way — culturally, socially and economically.”

But the effect of that opening varies widely…..


Mexico has a New President….

…from Politico….

Enrique Pena Nieto took the oath of office as Mexico’s new president on Saturday, bringing the old ruling party back to power after a 12-year hiatus amid protests inside and outside the congressional chamber where he swore to protect the constitution and laws of the land.

The chamber erupted in cheers after a morning of violent protests, with congress members chanting “President!” and “Mexico!”



Mexico on the rise…..

I watched Farreed  Zakaria’s  GPS today….

He had a very interesting piece on our negibohor to the south …..


While the US goes back and forth on the immigration issue….

Zakaria goes on to point out something most of us don’t know….

Mexico is getting stronger economically…..

While we tend to just look at Mexico as exporting cheap labor TO the US…..

The actual situation today is just the opposite….

Because of the increase in Mexioc’s economy vs Barzil’s….

Its people’s have slowed their exedous from Mexico and have found employment at home…

In addition, it’s NOT wildly known…

But Mexico produces MORE vehicles that the US now….

The drug wars and illegal immigration are what the American media spotlights…

But smart people like Zakari know other things are happening down south of the border….

Brazil can no longer count on a sustained boom in global commodity prices. Growth has slowed from nearly 8% in 2010 to 2.7% last year. And Brazil has become uncompetitive. Its minimum wage is three times that of Indonesia and Vietnam. The World Bank ranks Brazil 126th in the world for ease of doing business.

Mexico, on the other hand, ranks 53rd. Its economy is set to grow 4% this year. Take its auto industry, for example. It generated $23 billion last year, more than oil or tourism. Mexican factories are slowly replacing Chinese products in America, thanks in part to regional trade agreements but also because China itself is facing rising labor costs.

Mexico’s growth is crucial for America. The more Mexico rises, the less America will need to worry about illegal immigration. In fact, studies show migration patterns have already been reversed.

And while Brazil tries to play a role as the alternative power to America in the Western hemisphere — harkening back to the days of non-alignment — Mexico is more in tune with American ideas. It is a solid foreign policy partner.


Paul McCartney will play in Mexico ….


The Concert is tonight (5/10/12)  in Mexico….

(He appeared there last in 2010)

And Yup….

It’s free….

When Paul McCartney plays a free concert in Mexico City’s sprawling Zocalo plaza Thursday night, he’ll be fulfilling the dream of countless Mexicans to hear some of their favorite songs live – and not just the generation that witnessed the British invasion firsthand but their children and their grandchildren.

It’s hard for a single day to go by in Mexico City without hearing a Beatles song or something of the solo work of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Stuck at a stoplight, the driver next door might have “Revolution” turned up full volume. At a restaurant, a musician might saunter up and play a strangely accented version of “Yesterday” or “Imagine.” “Something” might serve as background music at a grocery store.

“The music of the Beatles is very fresh,” said Abel Álvarez, manager of La Rock’Ola Inglesa, which organizes events for four of the most popular Beatles cover bands in Mexico City. “You can listen to it 10 years from now and it will still be fresh. There are many musical genres, but the Beatles will never disappear.”


Illegal crossings from Mexico drop by 25%



And who know what else has given the appearance that border crossing have dropped dramatically…


Can they stop the bullshit and work on immigration reform?

(They will NEVER get the number BELOW a cerian level)

And STOP sending more manpowerand money to the border?

The number of illegal migrants arrested at the border has been dropping over the past few years but appears to be down by more than 25 percent this year.

Experts say that Border Patrol apprehensions are a useful marker for estimating the total flow of illegal migrants, though imprecise because the U.S. government has no idea how many are not caught. But coupled with census and labor data from both countries that show far fewer Mexicans coming to the United States and many returning home, it appears that the historic flood of Mexican migration north has slowed dramatically.

“We have reached the point where the balance between Mexicans moving to the United States and those returning to Mexico is essentially zero,” said Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, whose conclusion was shared by many migration experts.

Such a steep drop in illegal crossings gives supporters of immigration reform ammunition to argue that now is a good time to tackle the issue.

GOP presidential contenders Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have been sparring over the estimated 11 million people living illegally in the United States. Gingrich says it would be heartless to kick out migrants who have worked and raised families here for years, while Romney blasted Gingrich for supporting “amnesty” for illegal residents but has not given a clear answer on what he would do.

In Congress, comprehensive immigration reform has been sidelined, stuck between those who would not allow illegal migrants to remain and others who are pushing, like President Obama, to create a “pathway” to legal status, but not necessarily citizenship.

The lower number of apprehensions supports the Obama administration’s contention that the border is more secure than ever — that the doubling of Border Patrol agents since 2004, along with hundreds of miles of new fence, cameras, lights, sensors and Predator drones, has helped slow theillegal flow northward.

But those who say the border remains out of control can point to the fact that hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants still try to make the crossing every year.