President Donald Trump hits his first 100 days in office this week. It’s been a tumultuous stride towards one of his primary goals: how to manage the U.S.-Mexico border, even as the biggest project – paying for a border wall – threatens to cause a government shutdown. The Border’s New Boundaries series begins with a report on a federal project involving not concrete border walls but digital ones.
Mexico is weighing economic retaliation against the U.S. to counter what Mexicans say is an anti-Mexico American administration. One idea under consideration is a boycott of U.S. corn. Mexico is the number one export market for U.S. corn. And U.S. corn producers are in Mexico City right now lobbying against the idea.
After Donald Trump’s inauguration in January, the Mexican peso reached its lowest level against the US dollar. But in April, the Mexican currency is showing signs of recovery.
A newspaper on the Mexican border announced it was closing down operations after a reporter in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua was assassinated late last month.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to give tribes more sovereignty when it comes to regulating industries such as coal. He spoke to reporters Wednesday after the Trump administration lifted a moratorium on federal coal leases.
Despite President Trump’s efforts to bring back coal, a coal fired power plant and coal mine on the Navajo Nation face closures. Hundreds of Navajo people who have worked in the coal industry for generations are worried about their futures.
Cemex, the Mexico-based construction materials giant, said it hasn't bid for a contract with the U.S. government for the construction of a wall along the Mexico-U.S. border.
Arizona gave itself a raise in November. And so did Flagstaff. Now the City Council has amended the city’s minimum-wage law so it will have less of a compounded impact on employers.
Trade negotiations between the U.S., Mexico and Canada could begin at the end of 2017. Meanwhile, businesses in Arizona and south of the border are bracing for the outcome.
An agreement that dates back 11 U.S. presidents could serve as a template for future energy trade deals. The electric grid that powers tiny Sasabe, Arizona, provides power for an equally small town on the Mexican side of the line. The 50 year old cross-border agreement is being looked at as a model for cross border cooperation.