Compilation summary of above articles: The Trump administration is looking to shrink regulations on the export of US weapons abroad by shifting responsibility from the State Department to the Department of Commerce. Many fear this will further promote human rights violations in Mexico and places like it, as previously seen with US weapons in Ayotzinapa and Nuevo Laredo. Alianza Americas is calling on US citizens to inform their elected representatives of their discontent with this proposed shift in responsibility and ask them to support limits of US gun exports to Mexico.
“Mr. López Obrador’s administration, which came into office saying it would not cooperate with Mr. Trump’s anti-immigration agenda, has gone along with it on several fronts, including accepting women and children despite earlier promises to take only adult male asylum seekers." This article explores the ways in which the Mexican president, called "AMLO" for his initials, is collaborating with and furthering the reach of Trump's policies on migrants.
On February 5, President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address. Journalist Eric Lach writes that, over the last two years, the president has learned to dress up anti-immigrant rhetoric in the bureaucratic language of federal policy. However, during his remarks, the president “offered unfiltered immigrant scapegoating” blaming immigrants for almost “all the sins” of the United States. The president claimed that “working-class Americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration” including the problems of “reduced jobs, lower wages, overburdened schools and hospitals, increased crime, and a depleted social safety net.”