Mexicans hate the U.S. more than ever since Trump became president: Poll

Mexicans hate the U.S. more than ever since Trump became president: Poll

Sep 15, 2017

Donald Trump wants to make America great again — but he’s definitely making Mexico hate America again. Sixty-five percent of Mexicans now view the U.S. unfavorably — the highest disapproval rating from our neighbors to the south in 15 years, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center. By comparison, only 29 percent of Mexicans disapproved of the United States in 2015. The poll linked Mexican public opinion directly to President Trump’s rhetoric and policies, with 94 percent of Mexicans opposing the president’s proposed border wall, and just five percent believing that Trump will do a good job in world affairs, Pew Research indicated. Also, 55 percent of Mexicans believe that Mexico’s economic ties with the U.S. are good for their country, down from 70% in 2013. Experts say that Americans should not be quick to dismiss any finding of Mexican public opinion. “No country arguably affects the U.S. on a daily basis, from the [production of] auto parts, to the security at the border and environmental issues,” Shannon O’Neil, a Latin American expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, told Newsweek. Despite Mexicans’ negative regard for U.S. policies, a third of them would move to America if given the chance, a number that has steadily increased since the Pew Research began measuring in 2009, the poll said. Mexicans who have a connection to the U.S. tend to have a more favorable view. Forty-one percent of those who live within 200 miles from the U.S. Mexico border see the U.S. more positively, in comparison to the 28 percent of those living 200 miles or more away from the border. Mexicans are not the only people viewing the U.S. through a different lens now that Trump is president. Another Pew poll released last June found that Trump’s policies were unpopular across 37 countries. Seventy-one percent did not approve of U.S. stance on international climate change agreements and 62 percent unfavorably viewed Trump’s proposed ban on immigration from several Muslim-majority nations. Only 22 percent had confidence Trump would do a good job in the realms of global policy, compared to a 64-percent rating on foreign affairs during the final years of President Barack Obama’s administration. Trump was also hated on a personal level, with 75 percent viewing him as arrogant, and 65 percent...

Trump officially terminates DACA program that used to protect DREAMers

Trump officially terminates DACA program that used to protect DREAMers

Sep 5, 2017

After months of unease,  the Trump administration officially announced its decision to “terminate” the DACA program, which protected nearly 800,000 undocumented youth who arrived to the U.S. when they were minors. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement at a Tuesday morning press briefing. Sessions said the administration will give a six-month window for Congress to pass legislation, saying the program would be phased out in an “orderly wind down.” In a memo, the Department of Homeland Security affirmed that no current beneficiaries will be impacted before March 5, 2018. However, DHS “will reject all DACA initial requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents” filed after today. All DACA permits renewed between now and March will be valid for their normal two-year period. But those applications must be filed by October 5. The administration’s announcement came in anticipation of a legal fight by a group of Republicans who say the Obama-era program is unconstitutional. In a letter, ten attorneys general and the governor of Idaho promised in June to sue the federal government if it did not eliminate DACA by September 5. In his remarks, Sessions said DACA had been “implemented unilaterally to great controversy and legal concern” after Congress tried unsuccessfully to pass legislation to protect Dreamers a number of times. “Congress rejected legislative proposals to extend similar benefits on numerous occasions to this same group of illegal aliens,” Sessions said. “In other words the executive branch, through DACA, deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions.” He said that was “an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.” Trump’s decision contradicts a number of statements he made in recent months. In a January interview on ABC, Trump said that DACA beneficiaries: “shouldn’t be very worried … I have a big heart.” On Friday, Trump told reporters “We love the Dreamers.” Amid fears that the administration would do away with DACA, a number of Republican and Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation in recent months to protect young Dreamers. One bill, called the “Bridge Act,” would grant the same benefits as DACA to the same categories of beneficiaries. The other three options, including the bipartisan “Dream Act,” would...

Texans go through a living nightmare as Harvey hammers Houston

Texans go through a living nightmare as Harvey hammers Houston

Aug 29, 2017

Crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls during one of the heaviest downpours in U.S. history have had little time to search for other potential victims, but officials acknowledge the grim reality that fatalities linked to Harvey could soar once the devastating floodwaters recede from one of America’s most sprawling metropolitan centers. More than three days after the storm ravaged the Texas coastline as a Category 4 hurricane, authorities had confirmed only three deaths — including a woman killed Monday when heavy rains dislodged a large oak tree onto her trailer home in the small town of Porter. But unconfirmed reports of others missing or presumed dead were growing. “We know in these kind of events that, sadly, the death toll goes up historically,” Houston police Chief Art Acevedo told The Associated Press. “I’m really worried about how many bodies we’re going to find.” One Houston woman said Monday that she presumes six members of a family, including four of her grandchildren, died after their van sank into Greens Bayou in East Houston, though Houston emergency officials couldn’t confirm the deaths. Virginia Saldivar told The Associated Press her brother-in-law was driving the van Sunday when a strong current took the vehicle over a bridge and into the bayou. The driver was able to get out and urged the children to escape through the back door, Saldivar said, but they could not. “I’m just hoping we find the bodies,” Saldivar said. And a spokeswoman for a Houston hotel says one of its employees disappeared while helping about 100 guests and workers evacuate the building amid rising floodwaters. The disaster is unfolding on an epic scale, with the nation’s fourth-largest city mostly paralyzed by the storm that has parked itself over the Gulf Coast. With nearly 2 more feet (61 centimeters) of rain expected on top of the 30-plus inches (76 centimeters) in some places, authorities worried the worst might be yet to come. Early Tuesday, Harvey’s relentless downpour continued to drench Houston and the surrounding area. Rain fell at a pace of about half an inch (1 centimeter) per hour over Harris County — home to Houston — and up to 2 inches (5 centimeters)...

Trump declares opioid crisis national emergency

Trump declares opioid crisis national emergency

Aug 12, 2017

President Donald Trump threw the weight of the White House behind the fight against the opioid crisis Thursday and declared it a national emergency. “The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially, right now, it is an emergency,” Trump said at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “It’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis.” Trump’s surprise announcement came two days after he vowed the U.S. would “win” the fight against the epidemic but stopped short of acting on the recommendation of the presidential opioid commission to “declare a national emergency.”  Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency It was not immediately clear what prompted Trump’s change of course. But he called the crisis “a serious problem the likes of which we have never had.” “You know when I was growing up they had the LSD and they had certain generations of drugs,” Trump said. “There’s never been anything like what’s happened to this country over the last four or five years. And I have to say this in all fairness, this is a worldwide problem, not just a United States problem.” Experts said that the national emergency declaration would allow the executive branch to direct funds towards expanding treatment facilities and supplying police officers with the anti-overdose remedy naloxone. It would also allow the administration to waive some federal rules, including one that restricts where Medicaid recipients can get addiction treatment. And while the declaration could put more pressure on Congress to provide additional funding, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law professor Juliet Sorensen told NBC News earlier this week it would be a rare move for Trump that both Republicans and Democrats could agree on. “Everybody agrees this is a crisis,” she said. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who chairs the presidential opioid commission, thanked Trump “for accepting this first recommendation of our July 31 interim report.”   “I am completely confident that the President will address this problem aggressively and do all he can to alleviate the suffering and loss of scores of families in every corner of our country,” Christie said in...

Canada vs Mexico: Trump seeks to divide and conquer in Nafta negotiations

Canada vs Mexico: Trump seeks to divide and conquer in Nafta negotiations

Aug 11, 2017

The rhetoric against a neighbouring country dominated Donald Trump’s presidential campaign: a billion-dollar wall, a crackdown on immigration, and a steep border tax. Yet when Trump fired the opening shot in his trade war, it was aimed not at Mexico – but at Canada. First came an average 20% tariff on Canadian softwood lumber. Months later the Trump administration piled another tariff of nearly 7% on the sector. Trump launched a broad attack on several sectors north of the border. “Canada, what they’ve done to our dairy farmworkers is a disgrace,” he told reporters. “We can’t let Canada or anybody else take advantage and do what they did to our workers and to our farmers … included in there is lumber, timber and energy. So we’re going to have to get to the negotiating table with Canada very, very quickly.” The sharp reversal – a few months earlier Trump had characterised the US-Canada relationship as “outstanding” – came as a surprise to many. “Step aside, China and Mexico: Canada is now Donald Trump’s whipping-boy du jour on trade,” said the Canadian Press, while Politico offered their thoughts on why president had not gone after Mexico first: “Canada is an easy target and doesn’t have as many weapons to fight back.” Others said it was long overdue. “Canada was getting a free ride,” said Federico Estévez, a professor at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico. “All of the fire was headed south of the US border – so Canada was getting off easy.” Click here for full article...

Mexicans are the cleanest people in the world: Hansgrohe

Mexicans are the cleanest people in the world: Hansgrohe

Aug 10, 2017

According to a survey conducted by the German company Hansgrohe, Mexicans are the cleanest people in the world. Hansgrohe conducted an international survey to find out the percentage of people who bathe every day around the world. Passport Euromonitor was the agency in charge of conducting this survey, and they placed Mexico in the first position of the ranking. Mexicans came up in the first position of this survey as the cleanest people since 75.3% of the country’s total population showers daily. Next came the Spanish and Colombians tied in second place with a 71.4% Third is France (contrary to many people’s perception of the Gallic country personal hygiene habits)....