The stories behind the stories, plus observations from living and reporting in the Southwest. This blog is written by the reporters and editors of the Fronteras Desk.
In North Dakota, a ruling by the Army Corps of Engineers has temporarily halted construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. That decision has energized opposition to a pipeline under construction by the same company in west Texas. Mexico is paying for the Texas pipeline and has a lot at stake in this and other U.S. pipelines.
Mexico will likely slow the pace of cooperation with the U.S. on immigration and drugs should the incoming Trump administration substantially expand the current border wall.
Mexico is considering its options should President-elect Trump make good on his threat to withdraw from the the North American Free Trade Agreement. President Enrique Peña Nieto said Mexico is willing to "modernize" NAFTA, not renegotiate from scratch.
Donald Trump’s victory and the impending Republican majority in Congress means the Obama administration’s initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Clean Power Plan, is almost certainly DOA.
The face of migration from Central America and Mexico to the United States is changing. Immigration arrest statistics from Mexico for the first six months of 2016 mirror a rise in detentions by U.S. border agents of Africans and Asians trying to illegally enter the U.S. on the southwest border.
Energy reform in Mexico implies economic and political change as well as an opportunity or U.S. energy companies in Mexico’s domestic oil and gas markets. Lorne Matalon speaks with Tony Payan, director of the Mexico Center at Rice University.
When the son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán and five others were abducted from a restaurant on Mexico's Pacific coast last week, analysts said revenge attacks would follow. The younger Guzmán is wanted by the U.S. for alleged drug trafficking while working for his father's Sinaloa Federation. But on Saturday, Guzmán was released unharmed.
Thousands of small-scale coffee growers in Central America and Mexico are better off because of fair trade. But the system is fraying at the seams in one of the world's most important coffee-growing regions because of low prices, a damaging fungus and unscrupulous middlemen.
A federal judge earlier this week compelled the U.S. Homeland Security Department to release images of its Border Patrol holding cells in the agency’s Tucson Sector. The holding cells have long been referred to as hieleras, or ice boxes, because of the freezing temperatures inside.
Amnesty International has released a scathing report on the physical and psychological torture of women arrested by the Mexican Army and police. This reinforces the United Nations conclusion that torture is common in Mexico.