Obama, Pena Nieto and the U.S.-Mexico Relationship

PHOTO: US President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Benito Juarez International AirportMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty
US President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Benito Juarez International Airport

President Obama touched down in Mexico City on Thursday afternoon for a short trip meant to reinforce ties with Mexico.

What will Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto talk about? We honestly have no clue, but some of the things that probably should come up are immigration, trade and the drug war.

Haven’t been following those things too closely? Here are ten stories to get you up to speed, laid out the way Socrates preferred:

What kind of issues is Peña Nieto tackling in Mexico?

We put together a list of the challenges he faced when he took office last November.

Have Obama and the Mexican president met since the latter took office?

Yep. Read all about it here.

Where does Peña Nieto stand on the drug war?

He wants to take a different approach, or at least that’s what he’s said so far.

How important is Mexico to the U.S., economically speaking?

Pretty darn important. Just ask Stephen Keppel, who can tell you all about the trade relationship between the U.S. and its southern neighbor.

What kind of business ventures are happening between the U.S. and Mexico?

A lot. But one of the more interesting ones is this San Diego-Tijuana partnership to build drones.

Is violence still an issue in Mexico?

Yes. Read about Acapulco, the world’s nicest dangerous city, for an idea.

If the economy is so great in Mexico, why are so many people coming to the U.S.?

The answer: well, they’re not. At least not in the same numbers as they were in the 1990s. Find out why.

Well, if not from Mexico, won’t the next wave of immigrants just come from Central America?

Maybe, but it’s very unlikely the numbers would be anywhere near the size of those from Mexico over the past few decades. Here’s why.

What do the Secret Service agents do while President Obama is busy with all these meeting?

They find ways to occupy themselves.