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How will shutting the government down enable Trump to build his Mexico border wall?

Forcing a government shutdown doesn't get Trump any budget for anything. It's the threat of a government shutdown with which he hopes to force Congress to cooperate. A government shutdown happens ...
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How will shutting the government down enable Trump to build his Mexico border wall?

Does he not have the power, as President, to overrule the government? No. Congress controls the budget. In order to spend money, Donald Trump (or any president) needs Congress to appropriate it. ...
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Is Trump's plan to make a wall realistic?

Donald Trump has posted this document on his website, which outlines how exactly the wall will be financed. Background According to that document, Mexicans nationals (many working illegally) in ...
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How did Mexico react publicly to the suggestion it would pay for Trump's border wall?

Donald Trump tweeted the following on August 27, 2017: With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other. ...
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What makes it so difficult for Mexico to deal with the paramilitary criminal cartels in the country?

The Mexican government tried to fight a war against the cartels, especially in 2006. By 2020, it became apparent that it has largely lost this war. Sinaloa and Jalisco have won. However, unlike Hamas ...
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Why don't the US and Mexico build an economic free trade zone on both sides of the border?

There are numerous Free trade zones at ports and airports in the USA The purpose of such ports is to allow importers to store goods on land in the USA without payment of import tariffs. This ...
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USMCA vs NAFTA, what's different?

Here's a list of differences per an article from CNN, the Business Insider and Science Direct: Labor laws strengthened: ...provides for an interagency committee that will monitor Mexico's labor ...
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Can a country withdraw from a free trade agreement (NAFTA)?

Each free trade agreement sets the terms, so the answer will vary by FTA. In the case of NAFTA, the terms of withdrawal are dictated in Article 2205. Specifically: Article 2205: Withdrawal A Party ...
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What current source(s) of funding is Donald Trump planning to use to pay for the Mexico/US border wall?

Currently, he's using taxpayer's money. According to this article by CNN, he will use federal funds initially. Trump confirmed his plans to build the wall with federal funds and then seek ...
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Why does Mexico allow immigrants to cross to the US?

Mexico doesn't impose exit controls on travelers, just like the US and Canada don't at their borders. Hence there is nothing legally stopping anyone from crossing into the US from Mexico without a ...
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What did the US government concede in the New NAFTA/USMCA negotiations?

The big one (that wasn't in NAFTA) was online stuff: Canada and Mexico can now order stuff from the US and have a larger amount of the cost be 'duty free'. Canada went from $15 to $115, and Mexico ...
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How do the political/economical systems in the Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities and the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria compare?

The Democratic Federation of Norther Syria is officially a Libertarian Socialist Federated Semi-Direct Democracy. It's modeled off of the Swiss Government (including the sub regions being called ...
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What policies caused the drop in violent crime in Los Cabos?

According to José Antonio Ortega, president of the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, the main reason was that rival drug gangs had fought a turf war in the city, and the drop ...
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What political aspects prevent land purchases in North America moving national borders?

Buying land is expensive. The question assumes that it will be more expensive than building the wall. If the wall is already contentious, why would land be easier? Why would the United States want ...
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How much is the wall across the Mexico & US border going to cost?

There's no set number on how much it would cost, we can only estimate based on the length, height and materials used. How much will it cost? There are nearly 2,000 miles separating Mexico and the ...
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Is Mexico winning its war on drug cartels? (2019)

Personally, I don't think so. The Mexican Drug war has been going on since December 2006 (though the overall War on Drugs implemented by the United States has been going on much longer). While several ...
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What policies caused the drop in violent crime in Los Cabos?

What policies did the government institute to accomplish this change? Or is an artifact of some trickery like rezoning or not reporting crime data? Or is it due to a non-governmental factor? Security ...
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Does Mexico hold primary elections?

In Mexico elections are based on a single round of voting. With a plurality sufficient to win. Parties register under Federal law (subject to certain requirements, such as achieving 3% of the vote or ...
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Is PRI still the dominant political party in Mexico?

I would no longer say "the dominant force", but still "a major force." After losing the elections in 2000 to the Conservative PAN party, they managed to win the presidency in 2012. They are still ...
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Do the United States' new tariffs on Mexican imports apply to goods shipped through the US to other countries?

Probably not. Such traffic doesn't qualify as imports into the US. Road transport comes with paperwork of where stuff is going, which is checked at customs, see e.g. the TIR convention When a truck ...
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Why does Mexico allow immigrants to cross to the US?

I think it is a matter of strategy, obviously is illegal to enter Mexico same as it is illegal to enter US. The Mexican government tried (and is helping the US) to stop the migrant group. But at ...
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What current source(s) of funding is Donald Trump planning to use to pay for the Mexico/US border wall?

According to WaPo, by using the "Border adjustment": https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/yes-trump-can-make-mexico-pay-for-the-border-wall-heres-how/2017/01/17/7edf7872-dcbf-11e6-ad42-...
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What are the specific conditions that Mexico offers to the U.S. to help deter illegal immigrants and what the current status of the negotiation is?

"open talks with Cuba" is somewhat explained in the piece as a reduction in sanctions, but not in terribly quantitative terms: But the president said that in exchange he wanted the United ...
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Is Ecuador v. Mexico the first 'elections interference' case at the ICJ?

Is Ecuador v. Mexico the first 'elections interference' case at the ICJ? Yes. The ICJ has handled only 195 cases in the entire course of its existence. They are listed here. A review of all of those ...
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How many troops would it take to guard the US/Mexico border?

Stopping 99% of illegal crossing is something that is never going to be economically plausible (i.e. it will cost more than any economic issue caused by immigrants). Firstly lets think about how ...
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Why don't the US and Mexico build an economic free trade zone on both sides of the border?

Because it does not serve the immediate political interest of either side. Mexico (officially and unofficially) supports emigration of it populace into USA (if for no other reason, then because ...
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When can the first Mexican mayors be reelected?

In June, 2017, elections will be held in the state of Coahuila, where 38 mayor offices will be disputed. Those elected to this offices will be the first eligible to run for a second term since the ...
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How has governance by the Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities affected quality of life in the areas where they are active?

According to aljazeera, the Zapatistas in the Oventic community have to deal with poverty and live on basic diets of beans and tortillas. poverty remains a real problem. The Zapatistas reject all ...
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