U.S.-Mexico Relations

September 2, 2016 • Volume 26, Issue 30
Does the United States benefit?
By Reed Karaim


President Obama, meeting at the White House with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
President Obama, meeting at the White House with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in July, strongly supports U.S-Mexican relations. “The United States values tremendously our enduring partnership with Mexico and our extraordinary ties of family and friendship with the Mexican people.” (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)

The relationship between the United States and Mexico is at the center of a fierce political debate over immigration, trade and national security. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump accuses Mexico of stealing U.S. jobs and vows to build “a big, beautiful, powerful wall” to bar “rapists” and criminals from crossing the 1,951-mile border between the two countries. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has taken a far less inflammatory stance on Mexico, saying her party “builds bridges, not walls,” though she once supported 700 miles of border fencing to stem illegal immigration. Meanwhile, President Obama, while decrying the “scourge” of violence from Mexican drug cartels, defends the U.S.-Mexico relationship, saying “the very character of the United States is shaped by Mexican-Americans who have shaped our culture, our politics, our business.” The mixed views underscore the complex ties and growing tensions between the United States and Mexico, an emerging economic power with an expanding middle class but a nation troubled by political corruption and continuing drug-related violence.

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Mar. 19, 2021  Immigration Overhaul
Feb. 24, 2017  Immigrants and the Economy
Sep. 02, 2016  U.S.-Mexico Relations
Oct. 23, 2015  Immigrant Detention
Sep. 27, 2013  Border Security
Mar. 09, 2012  Immigration Conflict
Dec. 2010  Europe's Immigration Turmoil
Sep. 19, 2008  America's Border Fence
Feb. 01, 2008  Immigration Debate Updated
May 04, 2007  Real ID
May 06, 2005  Illegal Immigration
Jul. 14, 2000  Debate Over Immigration
Jan. 24, 1997  The New Immigrants
Feb. 03, 1995  Cracking Down on Immigration
Sep. 24, 1993  Immigration Reform
Apr. 24, 1992  Illegal Immigration
Jun. 13, 1986  Immigration
Dec. 10, 1976  Illegal Immigration
Dec. 13, 1974  The New Immigration
Feb. 12, 1964  Immigration Policy Revision
Feb. 06, 1957  Immigration Policy
Nov. 27, 1951  Emigration from Europe
Feb. 09, 1945  Immigration to Palestine
Sep. 30, 1940  Forced Migrations
Apr. 18, 1939  Immigration and Deportation
Jul. 27, 1931  Deportation of Aliens
Mar. 12, 1929  The National-Origin Immigration Plan
Aug. 19, 1927  Immigration from Canada and Latin America
Nov. 01, 1926  Quota Control and the National Origin System
Jul. 12, 1924  Immigration and its Relation to Political and Economic Theories and Party Affiliation
Crime and Law Enforcement
Domestic Issues
Exports and Imports
Immigration and Naturalization
International Law and Agreements
Manufacturing and Industrial Production
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
Outsourcing and Immigration
Regional Political Affairs: Latin America and the Caribbean