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Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Democratic Revolution Party shows his election ink-stained thumb after casting his vote at a polling station in Mexico City on Sunday, July 1, 2012.

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Analysis & Opinions - El Universal

Border Police, an Opportunity for AMLO

| Aug. 16, 2018

The security situation in Mexico remains poor, with the country experiencing renewed violence at unacceptable levels. 2017 was among the most violent in Mexico’s history, and the violence has continued through this year. The large-scale breakdown of law-and-order helped propel Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to Mexico’s presidency. Although how precisely AMLO intends to restore public safety remains generally unclear, one early proposal is quite promising for both Mexico and the United States.

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Analysis & Opinions - Politico

Banning Family Separation Won’t End the Border Crisis

| June 20, 2018

Even the Trump administration is now backing away from the immoral and unsustainable policy of separating the families of migrants when prosecuting the parents for illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. That’s welcome, but the current proposals—whether banning family separations or expediting the legal processing of apprehended migrants—fail to address the source of the crisis. 

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ bluff on the border will hurt security, not help

| May 31, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recently announced a zero tolerance policy on border security. Though its contours have not been described in great detail, at its core, it is a commitment to criminally prosecute every person who illegally crosses the border.

This strategy may provide sound bites, and harsh rhetoric may generate some short-term deterrent effect, but it is impossible for this policy to actually be implemented over any reasonable time period. By announcing a threat that is effectively a bluff, the Trump administration likely will harm border security rather than enhance it.