Daily Border Bulletin – NDN/NPI Report Examines important econ relationship between U.S. Mexico, Holder on stand in House, DOJ in Alabama

This Friday, December 9th, the New Policy Institute’s 21st Century Border Initiative will release a major new report researched by Arizona State University’s North American Center For Transborder Studies (NACTS), “Realizing the Value of our Cross Border Trade with Mexico.” Today Attorney General Eric Holder took the stand in the House, at a general oversight hearing, where Fast and Furious was debated. Finally the Justice Department is getting ready to formally challenge Alabama’s immigration law.

NDN/NPI to Relese New Report on U.S. Mex Econ Relationship – This Friday, December 9th, the New Policy Institute’s 21st Century Border Initiative will release a major new report researched by Arizona State University’s North American Center For Transborder Studies (NACTS), “Realizing the Value of our Cross Border Trade with Mexico.”

This report should do much to improve our nation’s understanding of our growing economic relationship with Mexico. Among the key statistics presented in the report:

  • Mexico has become the U.S.’s third-ranked commercial partner and the second most important market for U.S. exports; Mexico spent $163 billion on U.S. goods in 2010.
  • U.S. sales to Mexico are larger than all U.S. exports to the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) combined, as well as all combined sales to Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • Twenty-two states count Mexico as their No. 1 or No. 2 export market.
  • Mexico is the largest export market to the two largest economies in the country in Texas and California. Other states that count Mexico as the largest export market are Arizona, New Mexico, and New Hampshire.  It is the second largest export market for states such as Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee.

Holder on the Stand Talking Fast and Furious – Today Attorney General Eric Holder took the stand in the House, at a general oversight hearing, where Fast and Furious was debated. Of note Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) a chief critic of Attorney General Holder is no longer asking for his resignation.” A chief congressional critic of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. declined Friday to join Republican calls for Holder’s resignation over the Operation Fast and Furious gun-trafficking sting, saying the operation’s failures were “not about any one person.’’ Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) had told Holder in an Oct. 10 letter: “You own Fast and Furious. It is your responsibility.’’ Numerous other Republicans have urged Holder to resign over the Phoenix-based sting, in which agents allowed guns to flow illegally onto U.S. streets and into Mexico. Holder has made it clear that he is not stepping down.”

Justice Department Set To Formally Oppose Alabama’s Immigration Law – DOJ officials sent a letter to law enforcementin Alabama warning them that they risk losing federal funding if they are not careful in enforcing Alabama’s new immigration law: “The U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter to local law enforcement agencies in Alabama Wednesday warning them that they risk losing federal funding if they are not careful in enforcing Alabama’s new immigration law. The letter was sent to 156 agencies in Alabama, notifying them that the federal government will monitor how they enforce the new law. The law they are referring to is HB56, an anti immigration law passed by the Alabama State Legislature in June. HB56 requires schools to report students and parents who are not legal residents and also issues harsh penalties to employers who hire undocumented workers.”

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