Rick Scott’s Spanish and His Changing Views on Immigration

Rick Scott’s Spanish and His Changing Views on Immigration

“This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish.” Donald Trump admonished with these words Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, two of his rivals in the 2015 Republican primary, who were campaigning in two languages. Trump beat both of them and eventually got elected president. Rick Scott, Governor of Florida, a Trump ally, disagrees.

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AMLO’s Presidential Win

AMLO’s Presidential Win

With respect to AMLO’s (Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s) becoming México’s new President, I agree with Laura Chinchilla, the former President of Costa Rica who told the New York Times: “The results are not endorsements of ideologies, but rather demands for change, a fatigue felt by people waiting for answers that simply have not arrived.” The

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World Cup: Beyond the Soccer Field

World Cup: Beyond the Soccer Field

“The truth is that I don’t regret for a second scoring that goal with my hand.” With these words revealed in 2005, Diego Maradona confirmed that he had used his hand to score a goal in a game between Argentina and England. The illegal action helped his national team advance to the semi-final stage and

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John Kelly fails English and History

John Kelly fails English and History

“They don’t speak English. They don’t integrate well.” This is how John Kelly, Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, described his reasons for the need to block Mexican immigrants from coming into the US. Kelly’s great-grandparents came from Ireland but on his mother’s side they hailed from Avellino, Italy. Little is known about their linguistic abilities,

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Tianguis in Mazatlan – The best ever!- Opinion

Tianguis in Mazatlan – The best ever!- Opinion

After so many years of criticizing the organization of the Tianguis Turistico, as well as the low attendance of buyers during the last few years, this year attendees declared Tianguis in Mazatlan a great success . I did not go to the opening ceremony because of the bad experience of previous editions, but I was told

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The Women’s March – An Observation

The Women’s March – An Observation

Last Saturday I participated in the Women’s March carrying my sign “I Respect Women.” Being raised in Texas and the only boy in a household of three sisters, I was taught from an early age that men and boys were to respect women and girls. As with all children I was frequently chastised for fighting

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Thanks to the Mazatlan Transit Police

Thanks to the Mazatlan Transit Police

Dear editorial staff, An hour ago, my wife and I had an amazing experience, which prompts me to share publicly an enthusiastic thanks to the Mazatlan Transit Police. Returning to Hotel La Siesta after another wonderful vacation day in Mazatlan, we realized we left a backpack in the taxi, which had already departed and was

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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

  In the novel The Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens wrote “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” It was meant to describe 18th-century France and England. But, that phrase kept coming to my mind as I thought about this year that has now come to an end. There

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Trump’s Tiny Heart and DACA’s Repeal

Trump’s Tiny Heart and DACA’s Repeal

“We are going to deal with DACA with heart…because, you know, I love these kids.” With these words, President Donald Trump answered  a question on Barack Obama’s executive order to protect “dreamers,” young people brought to the US by unauthorized immigrants.  DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) has sheltered these young people from deportation and

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Here’s a better vision for the US-Mexico border: Make the Rio Grande grand again

Here’s a better vision for the US-Mexico border: Make the Rio Grande grand again

The United States and Mexico have shared their current international border for nearly 170 years. Today they cooperate at multiple levels on issues that affect the border region, although you would not know it from the divisive rhetoric that we hear in both countries. President Trump’s focus on building a border wall threatens to undermine

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Yesterday’s Immigrants: Better Than Today’s?   

Yesterday’s Immigrants: Better Than Today’s?  

“They were real immigrants”. That’s how two Italian miners were described in my friend’s Facebook post in a photo taken sometime in the 1950’s. No comment on today’s immigrants but the contrast suggested a less-than-positive view of recent newcomers. Old immigrants are seen with nostalgic eyes: they respected American laws, assimilated, learned English, and did

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No more rhetoric from the Government – Lara Klahr

No more rhetoric from the Government – Lara Klahr

Marco Lara Klahr, is a Mexican journalist of Polish-Jewish origin with more than 36 years of experience dedicated to reporting crime news in Mexico from a human rights perspective and adviser of the Pro Justice program among others. On February 19, Governor Quirino Ordaz, was informed that all the copies of Riodoce Newspaper for that week were

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Portraits of a Search

Portraits of a Search

It’s a cold, crisp March evening in London, and myself and a score of other journalists and diplomats are seated in the Frontline Club for a showing of Alicia Calderón’s documentary ‘Retratos de una Búsqueda’ or ‘Portraits of a Search’. The room is so quiet you can hear a pin drop. Guadalupe Aguilar, is discussing

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Trump’s Alternative Reality on Immigration: a Step Back for the Country

Trump’s Alternative Reality on Immigration: a Step Back for the Country

by Domenico Maceri, PhD “From now on I’ll carry my citizenship papers in my glove compartment,” my South American friend told me in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election as president. I thought my friend was exaggerating but the recent anti-immigrant climate exacerbated by Trump’s Muslim ban led me to conclude she was probably right.

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Your Opinion of What it’s Like to Live in Mexico

The Mazatlan Messenger is proud to be a co-sponsor of a research study of expats living in Mexico being conducted by Best Places in the World to Retire starting today.  To participate, you must be living in Mexico full time or part time. If you participate you will be entered into a drawing for some

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