Daily Border Bulletin – The Rise of The Mexican Middle Class, Mexican election may change how war on drugs is fought, Immigration crackdown in Alabama forces high school to put spring musical on hold,

An often overlooked development regarding Mexico is that a stable peso and freer trade have allowed the majority of the population to escape poverty and created a stable Middle Class. A looming presidential election in Mexico could alter how the Mexican government engages cartels in the southwest border.  A little know part of Alabama’s immigration law has actually stopped the production of a high school play.

The Rise of The Mexican Middle Class An often overlooked development regarding Mexico is that a stable peso and freer trade have allowed the majority of the population to escape poverty and created a stable Middle Class. ” Tales of beheadings, bloody shootouts and execution-style murders in this country have overshadowed another story that, in the long view of history, is undoubtedly more significant. It is the rise of a Mexican middle class. This little-noticed development is thanks not to government welfare or foreign aid but mainly to the opening of markets and to the end of the central bank’s practice of financing the government. Growth in the last decade has been nothing to brag about and key reforms are still needed if Mexico is to become a developed country. But as Banco de Mexico Governor …

Mexican election may change how war on drugs is fought A looming presidential election in Mexicocould alter how the Mexican government engages cartels in the southwest border. “Mexico’s U.S.-backed war against violent drug cartels could undergo a tactical shift, depending on which of the candidates vying to replace outgoing President Felipe Calderon wins this summer’s Mexican presidential election.The importance of the July 1 election to the United States was underscored this week when Vice President Joe Biden flew to Mexico City to meet with the three candidates and assess their attitudes toward U.S.-Mexican relations and the drug war. Analysts said they expect the next Mexican president to remain committed to the fight, but the strategy may shift from Calderon’s heavy reliance on the Mexican military to greater use of the civilian police force and more emphasis on creating jobs and social programs to keep young Mexicans from joining the cartels.

Immigration crackdown in Alabama forces high school to put spring musical on hold A little know part of Alabama’s immigrationlaw has actually stopped the production of a high school play. “The immigration law, passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature last year and signed by Gov. Robert Bentley, requires companies doing business with the state or local governments in Alabama to submit sworn documents certifying they don’t knowingly employ illegal immigrants. Companies also must promise they are enrolled in the federal E-Verify program, a database for screening workers for citizenship. Federal courts ruling on lawsuits filed by the Obama administration and others have blocked key sections of the law since it was supposed to take effect last fall, but not the provision that requires the vendor certifications. A spokeswoman for Bentley, Jennifer Ardis, said about five companies have refused to submit documentation mandated by the law, but the state still has 4,733 registered vendors and has awarded 96 contracts since the law took effect.”

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