US-Mexico Trade Overshadows Differences on Immigration, Drugs

Mexico has a new president, and that could have ripple effects across the border.


Both Mexico and the U.S. are trying to gain a handle illegal immigration,especially in Texas, but President Donald Trump will need to work closely with his new Mexican counterpart and veteran leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.


“There is a problem that is coming to the doors of the United States, but it is certainly coming through Mexico and created a crisis in Mexico,”says Dr.Tony Payan, director of the Mexico Center at Rice University's Baker Institute.


One thing the two leaders do agree on is trade.


“Mr.Lopez Obrador will try to do very little to upset that, because Mexico depends so heavily on the bi-national trade,” says Payan.


On the drug war, Mexico's new president has suggested a new strategy that clashes with American law enforcement.


“The Lopez Obrador incoming administration has stated they are going to legalize marijuana and have a very different approach at dealing with organized crime.”

 

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