Mexico

The National Endowment for the Humanities’s “Music Unwound” festival wrapped up a series of concerts and lectures in and around El Paso, Texas, earlier this week.

The program highlights the cultural contributions Mexico has made to the United States. The event’s theme — as well as its location, less than a mile from the U.S. border with Mexico — is significant at a time of heightened tension between the two nations.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are meeting with officials in Mexico on Thursday, against the backdrop of new orders from President Trump that aim to deport immigrants in the country illegally, not just those who have committed serious crimes.

The sudden deportation Thursday of an Arizona woman who had regularly checked in with U.S. immigration authorities for years has prompted a stark warning from Mexico's government.

Mexican nationals in the U.S. now face a "new reality," authorities warned in a statement.

A Spanish-language version of this post is available on Texas Standard:

In his inaugural address last month, President Trump called for Americans to focus inwardly – his “America First" movement. But in response, Mexico has come up with its own cry: "Hecho en Mexico” (Made in Mexico).

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Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro left his position as President Obama’s Housing Secretary two weeks ago, and says the U.S.-Mexico relationship has since reached a crossroads.  

"The key to maintaining our sanity over these next four years and also ensuring that we come out on the other end of it a better country--is to adhere to the values that have always defined the United States," said Castro. "And to follow the blueprint that has been set out for the relationship with Mexico."

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