Wednesday, April 26, 2017



Mexico talks tough on Trump with NAFTA talks looming
By Frank Jack Daniel | MEXICO CITY

Mexico's government on Tuesday said it would fight any measures in a U.S. tax overhaul that broke international trade rules, and threatened to review cross-border cooperation on migration and security if upcoming negotiations founder.

Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico was watching to see if plans by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to shake up taxation included a levy on remittances sent home by Mexican workers or the imposition of tariffs on Mexican goods.

"If they are put forward, we'll have to act with absolute firmness, using all the political, diplomatic and obviously legal means at our disposal," he told a session of the foreign relations committee of the lower house of Congress.

Trump has vowed to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that underpins the bulk of Mexican exports if he cannot rework it in his homeland's favor, and talks between the signatories - Mexico, the United States and Canada - on modernizing the accord are expected to start later this summer.

Regional trade tensions picked up this week, with the Trump administration on Monday announcing a 20 percent duty on Canadian softwood lumber in retaliation for what it sees as unfair restrictions on dairy exports.

And on Tuesday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that Mexico could take retaliatory trade measures against the United States in a dispute over tuna fishing.

Mexico has said it wants to put "all the issues" on the table, including security, migration and trade in negotiations with the United States.

Videgaray said existing security agreements were not under threat, at least for now, adding that Mexico would not be signing any additional pacts.
"What we're not prepared to do is increase or create new systems of coordination, and if negotiation on other issues - migrants, border, trade - is not to Mexico's satisfaction, we'll have to review our current cooperation," he said.

Lawmakers questioned Videgaray extensively about his policy toward the administration of Trump, who has caused deep anger in Mexico with his plans to build a southern border wall to keep out illegal immigrants and his threats to restrict trade.

Videgaray said his government considered the building of the wall a "hostile" act and repeated it would contribute nothing toward it. Trump says Mexico will ultimately pay for the wall.

The foreign minister said Mexico regarded remittances, which Trump had threatened to go after to pay for the wall, as non-negotiable, saying they could prove a "breaking point" issue in any dialogue that encompassed other matters.

Videgaray said any tax on Mexican-made imports by Trump was a "bad idea" that would only end up hurting U.S. consumers.
"However, these types of measures would obviously be against not just the North American accords but particularly the rules of the World Trade Organization, and so we would have the legal means to act against them," he said.

(Additional reporting by Gabriel Stargardter and Adriana Barrera; editing by Dave Graham and Phil Berlowitz)

Note: unlike many cities and states in the US, Mexico has little tolerance for unorganized vote fraud.

INE and institutions go after false credentials
Details Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017,
Written by Editor / El Diario


The National Electoral Institute (INE) asserted that the identity thefts that are not with credentials that have been generated by the INE and correspond to false documents, why it is institutions can identify the veracity of those cards.

Olga Alicia Castro Ramírez explained that for election matters, those with a real credential are on the nominal list and those who arrive and do not appear on that list will be forced to remain without the credential and will be denounced.

"Agreements have been concluded with them so that they can verify the identity of their users of services through our database, then that is one of several mechanisms," said the Vocal Executive of the Local Board in Sonora.

She said that in recent years and thanks to the technology they have to detect false id's, many complaints have been made to the Specialized Prosecutor's Office for Electoral Crimes (Fepade) and have issued the corresponding arrest warrants.

Castro Ramirez commented that Sonora has seen cases of identification of people who try to obtain a credential with false information, with a program that is already permanent and that when the applicants present themselves in the modules, a cross reference of information is done in and in several Cases it turns out that they have credentials in other states.

"The person is personally sought in the two states to know what the real process is or what the real data is, and even the one that is not real is dropped and also the complaint is filed so that the corresponding criminal authority in This case the Fepade, if they did it in a deliberate way, with false documents, "he explained.

In the case of minors who have false voter credentials to enter bars and are discovered by security personnel, he said that INE expects that the complaint will be lodged by the Directorate General of Alcoholic Beverages or the owners of those Centers of diversion. (Bars)


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