Don't throw away the U.S.-Mexico defense relationship on both sides of the border, senior defense leaders of both countries have managed it has been very slow to begin to trust the U.S. armed forces, the descendants of. In particular, Mexico's relationship with its northern neighbors has been . and border processes and facilities cost North American businesses billions of for “ trusted” goods and persons that improve security and efficiency. U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña of the U.S.- Mexico border to prevent drugs and criminals from entering.
Yes, we're looking at down river of the Rio Grande. One agent was using a joystick to move a camera, studying semi-trailers in a riverside parking lot. A whiteboard on the wall was covered with emergency numbers to call, including a phone number marked "unmanned drone. We still do have horses and I would argue that we have some of the best trackers in the country. They're trained to follow footprints in the wilderness along the border. That's labor-intensive work, but the Border Patrol nearly doubled its manpower in recent years to more than 21, No, we don't have percent visibility on the border, but I have a much higher degree of confidence in terms of our strategy that if somebody chooses to enter through our area of responsibility, we have a higher than average chance of arresting that individual.
But the Border Patrol is under intense pressure in a series of incidents in recent years, including one here in Laredo. Border Patrol agents shot and killed unarmed Mexicans.
This month, the Border Patrol reminded agents to avoid, quote, "unnecessary risk to themselves or others. We're not in a situation to lose fights.
You know, if our agents are assaulted, I want them to prevail. The Border Patrol is also criticized for not doing enough, as we heard when we continued our road trip. Outside Eagle Pass, Texas, we arrived at the home of a rancher whose property lines the border. We have coffee if y'all want a cup of coffee? I would be delighted to have coffee, thank you.
And after the coffee, Dob Cunningham took us for a jeep ride on his property.
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Cunningham drove, his wife Kay was beside him rancher. This gray bush that you see, when it blooms it's a mauve-y pink color, and it's just beautiful. The whole ranch is covered with it. The people in back included Larry Johnson, Dob's friend, and a former sheriff. Dob Cunningham sees threats concealed in this land. About a year ago they came over here to my shop and took all the tools, stole all the tools and a unintelligible just like that.
By they, he means thieves crossing the border. Decades ago, he was a Border Patrol agent and later ran the U. Port of Entry at Eagle Pass. And to show us why, he was driving us toward a bluff overlooking the Rio Grande. And I guess that must be the river below us in this valley? And Mexico on the other side. Cunningham prepared to stop just sort of where the bluff plunged down toward the river. If I holler bail out, jump out 'cause sometimes these brakes don't work.
We're about to go downhill. We stopped in time at the foot of a giant steel pole. It held two of those border patrol cameras aimed up and down the river. He says his property is periodically flooded with thieves, marijuana smugglers or migrants.
It's not in us to steal a penny or to turn a blind eye. It's just not in us. It's not our way.
U.S.-Mexican Relations from Independence to the Present
Or just ignore it, let it happen. It's not in our way. It's not in us. The Border Patrol gets after me for calling in and catching stuff. Not all of them but some of them. Oh, the border patrol maybe would rather you do a little less? They'd rather me, you know, turn a blind eye.
Before Trump, Mexicans really liked the US
Only 5 percent maintained a favorable one. Likewise, 85 percent of Mexicans agreed that if Trump implements the changes he has been advocating, Mexico will be at least somewhat affected.
About 73 percent showed significant concern for the future of Mexico. And, 62 percent of the population agreed with the statement that Mexico should strongly defend its own interests, even if that leads to a confrontation with Trump. Starting in the Center for Teaching and Research in Economics in Mexico conducted a series of surveys every two years, with help from the Mexican Council on Foreign Affairs in and They asked Mexicans to rate how favorably they viewed the U.
Countries were then ranked most to least favorable by their scores.Trump's Border Wall Order Shakes Up U.S.-Mexico Relations
Results from will be released in June. For 10 years — from to — the United States, with the exception ofremained the first or second most favorable country for Mexicans.
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The only year the U. The United States continues to support and urge Mexico to take the necessary steps to improve the IPR protection and enforcement environment in Mexico. Cooperation between the United States and Mexico along our border includes coordinating with state and local officials on cross-border infrastructure, transportation planning, and collaboration in institutions that address natural resource, environment, and health issues.
Inthe United States and Mexico created a high-level Executive Steering Committee for 21st Century Border Management to spur advancements in promoting a modern, secure, and efficient border. We have many mechanisms involving the border region, including Border Master Plans to coordinate infrastructure and development and close collaboration on transportation and customs issues. The United States and Mexico have a long history of cooperation on environmental and natural resource issues, particularly in the border area, where there are challenges caused by rapid population growth, urbanization, and industrialization.
Cooperative activities between the United States and Mexico take place under a number of arrangements, such as the Border Program; the North American Development Bank; the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation; the Border Health Commission; and a variety of other agreements that address health of border residents, wildlife and migratory birds, national parks, and similar issues.
The International Boundary and Water Commission IBWCcreated by a treaty between the United States and Mexico, is an international organization responsible for managing a wide variety of water resource and boundary preservation issues.
The two countries also have cooperated on telecommunications services in the border area for more than 50 years. Agreements cover mobile broadband services, including smartphones and similar devices. We continue to hold regular consultations on telecommunications to serve as the primary bilateral arena for both governments to promote growth in this dynamic sector and to help facilitate compatible telecommunications services in border areas.
The Bilateral Forum complements the U.