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Mexico joins neighbours in condemning US immigration policy

On 19 June, Mexico’s foreign minister, Luis Videgaray Caso, condemned the new US policy of separating irregular migrant children from their parents as “inhumane and cruel” and called on the US to fully respect children and migrant rights

Mexico’s López Obrador hits home straight in cruise control

An air of resignation prevailed in Mexico’s third and final presidential debate throughout much of which Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the clear frontrunner, sported a smile. Neither Ricardo Anaya, of the Left-Right coalition Por México al Frente, nor José Antonio Meade, of the federally ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), his principal rivals, seemed able to conjure up a decisive attack to wipe it off his face. López Obrador could rest easy in the knowledge that with barely two weeks of the campaign remaining he enjoys an average lead of around 20 percentage points in electoral surveys, the most commanding position held by any presidential candidate since the PRI allowed competitive elections in 2000.

Call to think big on trade

Over roughly the last three decades the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region has been laboriously building up a patchwork of free trade agreements and sub-regional trade blocs. A new report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Connecting the dots: A road map for a better integration of Latin America and the Caribbean, suggests there is a lot more to be done to reap the potential benefits offered by regional integration. In fact, if the existing 33 separate agreements were to be blended into a single trading bloc, the report suggests that US$11bn in additional trade could be generated.

Crime in numbers

At the end of April Brazil-based Igarapé Institute, a think tank, published a report on citizen security, Citizen Security in Latin America: Facts and Figures. While the report does not break new ground, it is nevertheless highly valuable as one of the most comprehensive compendiums currently available of the underlying data on violence and crime in the region. If nothing else, it helps define the real dimensions of the problem.


It is the midpoint of the year, and the June edition of the Regional Report: Brazil and Southern Cone focuses on some outstanding issues that have yet to be addressed by incumbent governments in the sub-region. Some of these issues are shared by more than one country. Others are more specific to a particular country or have yet to crop in neighbouring nations. But they are all pressing and require the attention of the respective governments.

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