Friday - Apr 28, 2017

Without benefits, Mexico could stay out of NAFTA


by the El Reportero’s wire services

Mexico could be out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if it does not receive benefits in the negotiations that would be held soon with the United States, Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo announced today.

Guajardo said his country would defend national sovereignty and interests in the meetings planned for this week, with top officials of President Donald Trump’s Administration.

To go for less than what we have? Staying does not make sense, he told the television station Televisa.

Guajardo asserted that Mexico was an important country for the region and also to the United States.

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Vedegaray reiterated the stance expressed by President Enrique Pena Nieto that the way would be negotiation and not confrontation, but bound to principles and objectives already announced by the head of State.

Videgaray emphasized that Mexico would not pay for the wall that Trump promised to erect at the border.

If the US side insists on it, the Mexican delegation could leave the negotiation table, the Foreign minister warned.

Reaction to Keystone XL and Dakota Pipelines announcements

In a statement, Voces Verdes accused President Trump of limiting public participation and enable construction of ‘dirty energy pipelines.’

“President Trump’s executive actions today enable approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, pave the way to approve the Dakota Access Pipeline, and weaken environmental review of projects that could threaten our families’ wellbeing and harm our country,” the statement said. “Put simply, these actions make it clear that Trump’s aim is to benefit big oil and gas companies even if their actions endanger the American people.”

Millions of Americans objected to the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL projects recognizing that the risk to water, land and air was far too high and that the country had little to gain from either of these dirty energy projects.

“It is clear that Mr. Trump cares very little about the water we drink or the air we breathe, and even less about the tribal nations whose sacred land will be polluted.”

Mexico City offers care programs for returnees from US

Bood news for those returnees in Mexico.

‘’Today Mexico City has programs ready to assist migrants returning from the United States,’’ Miguel Ángel Mancera, head of the government of the capital, said.
In an information note, the governor stressed that migrants returning to the city will find benefits from programs such as Unemployment Insurance, The Doctor at Home, Safe Baby, DMMX Cribs and the Social Alert System.

Also the Labor and Employment Promotion Secretariat offers migrants immediate attention through a module located in Room 3 of Terminal 2 of Mexico City International Airport, with alternatives for labor insertion.