President Obama in Mexico

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

President Obama is visiting Mexico Thursday. Shannon O'Neil, senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead, talks about what to expect from the trip and the relationship between Obama and President Pena Nieto.


Shannon O'Neil

Comments [14]

Saddy Boy from Smallbany NY

i am amazed and saddened by the racism expressed against Mexic♪ans on this comment page :-(

May. 01 2013 11:28 AM
Rodolfo Soriano

Congrats. Even if you mentioned the Washington Post piece, you did not fall for the Post's paranoid approach on the end of the Bush-Calderón approach...

May. 01 2013 11:26 AM
Nancy from NYC

Brian, you sound so surprised that anyone would recommend full legalization of drugs. The New York City Bar Association came out with a long, detailed report in the 1990s (!) calling for the very same thing -- full legalization of all drugs, for a great number of reasons. This is not a new idea.

May. 01 2013 11:26 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Tom - The economic activity generated by Mexican workers far outweighs those remittances.

May. 01 2013 11:23 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Yes, standards have to be in place. They also have to be enforced. How well is that being done?

May. 01 2013 11:20 AM

And not a word on the disastrous effect of NAFTA on Mexican workers.

Or on who *really* benefits from these so-called "free trade agreements", which are actually "investors' rights agreements", drafted by America's largest corporations, with virtually NO public comment and which have nothing to do with "with trade".

May. 01 2013 11:19 AM
Amy from Manhattan

There's actually a long history of people w/Irish ancestry in Mexico. One of the exhibits in the Alamo refers to someone on the Mexican side named Odonoju (w/an accent on the u). It took me a moment to realize that was a Spanish spelling for O'Donohue!

May. 01 2013 11:19 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Tom from Astoria - it's good that the money is being sent back to Mexico. The country would be worse off without that funding (probably devolve into full civil war). What hurts our workers is the continued erosion of wages in this country - blame the job creators for that.

May. 01 2013 11:18 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

If you want to know about the war down in Mexico and the current state of corruption, check out Borderland Beat blog.

May. 01 2013 11:14 AM
tom from astoria

A few years ago I read $40 billion was the yearly total of remittances of workers sending money home to Mexico. Isn't this a huge drain on both our economy and OUR WORKERS?

May. 01 2013 11:14 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

I love Mexico. I love Mexicans. Legalize marijuana so Mexican Farmers can reap the benefits.

May. 01 2013 11:10 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

It's about time Obama put some attention on Mexico. The anarchy down south is way more troubling than a nuke from North Korea or WMDs in Syria. This is the area where we need to focus our foreign policy energy. Unfortunately, the only solution coming from Washington is more and more border security and un-Constitutional police actions in our own country. It's time we manage the drug game with legalization and regulation here, and support better government in Mexico.

May. 01 2013 10:52 AM
Robert from MYC

So what!

May. 01 2013 10:34 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Mexico City made first trimester abortion legal a few years ago, right before the drug wars exploded. President Obama, having addressed and applauded Planned Parenthood this week, will no doubt feel at home there, and push for more abortion in that country.

May. 01 2013 08:12 AM

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