California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), the only border state governor who had not yet committed troops to President Trump’s National Guard deployment, said Wednesday that he will accept federal funding for 400 personnel — though they would be barred from working on wall construction. National Guard troops fall under the command of state governors, and in a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Brown said those from California will support operations against drug traffickers, gun runners and smuggling gangs. “Combating these criminal threats are priorities for all Americans — Republicans and Democrats,” Brown wrote. “But let’s be crystal clear on the scope of this mission,” his letter continued. “This will not be a mission to build a new wall. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National … [Read more...] about California governor, a frequent Trump critic, agrees to limited National Guard role at Mexico border
Us mexico border
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Checkpoint by Alex Horton by Alex Horton Email the author April 5 at 5:49 AM Email the author President Trump floated the idea Tuesday of deploying troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. “Until we can have a wall and proper security, we are going to be guarding our border with our military,” Trump said at the White House. He continued: “That’s a big step, we really haven’t done that before, or certainly not very much before.” That’s not exactly true. Long-standing concerns about the security of the southern border, cited by Trump, led to National Guard troops … [Read more...] about Trump claimed his plan to put troops on the border is extraordinary. It was routine for Obama.
XJ Jeep Cherokee is a remarkably capable off-roader. With good approach and departure angles, decent suspension flex from the factory and stout running gear, it will get you where you need to go within reason.Unfortunately for some would-be immigrants, even that talented machine doesn't have the break-over angle necessary to drive over the border fence between the US and Mexico. Border Patrol agents came across this scene recently while on patrol, wherein a few innovative minds came up with a set of ramps to carry their XJ up and over the 14-foot-tall fence.The Boarder Patrol has since seized the XJ, which means it will likely languish on a government lot until it goes to auction. While we imagine the vehicle's occupants simply set out on foot after the high-center incident, next time they might have a bit more luck with a Wrangler. You can check out a video of the SUV on the fence below. … [Read more...] about Jeep Cherokee left teetering on border fence after failed crossing attempt [w/video]
road trips in their electric vehicles. The Tesla Model S in particular has become the go-to vehicle for electric touring. When equipped with the 85-kWh battery pack, the Model S offers up to 265 miles of range, which is a respectable distance to cover in one sitting. It's still notable, though, when a Model S driver makes a particularly long trek, especially when much of the route is mostly devoid of Tesla Superchargers.Guy Hall, the president of the Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association, drove his Tesla Model S from the US/Mexico border outside of Yuma, Arizona to Fairbanks, Alaska in 17 days. He calls the trip the T5 (Tesla Tijuana to Tundra Tour), and he encourages other people to make the journey, despite the challenge of driving through areas that are sparsely populated. gas stations with electrical outlets were few and far between, he stopped at RV parks to charge (a trick of the Tesla tripping trade we've seen before). Hall made use of his charms, and would offer rides in his … [Read more...] about Tesla Model S driver goes from Mexico to Alaska, loves the experience
Kia is the latest in a string of automakers to announce plans to build new or expanded factories in Mexico. The Korean company has signed a $1 billion deal to establish a plant in Monterrey in the state of Nuevo León, with construction starting in late September. If everything proceeds on schedule, the facility should be complete in the first half of 2016 and be able to produce 300,000 vehicles a year.The $1-billion investment will create a "new, highly automated manufacturing plant," according to Kia's announcement, a facility covering 1,235 acres of land. Confirming earlier rumors, Kia will produce compact models there, but the company won't reveal specific model names, just yet. When complete, the factory in Mexico will boost the automaker's annual capacity to 3.37 million vehicles a year with 1.69 million of those in Korea and 1.68 million abroad. It will also join Kia's plant in Georgia (where the Optima and Sorento are made) as the business' other North American location.Kia … [Read more...] about Kia confirms $1B factory in Mexico to be completed in 2016
The Dodge Dart is the hero in town in Albuquerque NM* You can see all my USA Coast to Coast Reports here! *After detailing the history and highlights of the Old Route 66 from Oklahoma to New Mexico, we now pause in New Mexico to analyse the vehicle landscape in Albuquerque and Gallup. This, a special feature on ethnic car buyers’ preferences and state-wide sales data below. Ford F-250 in Gallup NMFirst a bit of trivia about New Mexico: this state is the 5th most extensive (121,589 sq mi or 315,194 km2), the 36th most populous (2.1 million inhabitants) and the 6th least densely populated of the 50 United States. Inhabited by indigenous peoples of the Americas for centuries before European exploration, New Mexico then belonged to the Imperial Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain, then part of Mexico, a U.S. territory before finally becoming the 47th state in 1912. During World War II, … [Read more...] about Coast to Coast 2014: New Mexico
Since the inauguration of U.S. president Donald Trump, Canadian political and auto industry officials have taken every opportunity to highlight the economic prosperity and millions of jobs that depend on cross-border trade. And the lobbying seems to have paid off. At a joint press conference following the first official meeting Monday between Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the U.S. leader praised the economic ties between the two countries. “We have a very outstanding relationship with Canada. We’ll be tweaking it,” said Trump. “We’ll be doing certain things that are going to benefit both of our countries.” At the same time, he took a swipe at the trading relationship with Mexico, calling it “unfair to the United States.” Mexico, along with Canada and the United States, signed on to the 22-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact Trump has repeatedly slammed as a “disaster” for American … [Read more...] about Why Does Canada Trump Mexico in Eyes of New U.S. President?
Despite being unified on the trading front, Mexico and the Southeastern United States are besting Canada and Detroit in the automotive industry game.Presently, Mexico’s contribution to overall North American annual production came to 18.8 percent in 2014, Detroit Free Press says, double the percentage of vehicles the country’s burgeoning industry made back in 2004. Conversely, Canada’s percentage fell from 16.9 percent a decade earlier, to 14.1 percent last year. The U.S. also lost production volume over the years, rebounding to 67.1 percent in 2014 after its seven-year-decline from a peak of 73.6 percent ended in 2011.While the U.S. still makes the most vehicles per year, more production is heading south of the Mason-Dixon when not crossing the border entirely. DesRosiers Automotive Consultants president Dennis DesRosiers says “over half the capacity and 80 percent to 90 percent of investment dollars are going to the U.S. South or Mexico,” leaving Detroit … [Read more...] about Mexico, Southeastern US Besting Canada, Detroit In Auto Manufacturing
It was a lofty goal, a possibility at one point made believable by a sudden onslaught of seemingly indisputable evidence.Volkswagen Of America determined that in 2018 the brand would generate 800,000 U.S. sales.Indeed, between the industry’s doldrums in 2009 and 2012 the Volkswagen brand recorded a 104-percent improvement as U.S. auto sales rose by a far more modest 39 percent.The task then seemed simple enough. After proving they could double their volume over the span of just three years, Volkswagen needed another doubling over the span that was twice as long. Which, it turns out, wasn’t to be so easy. Long before the latest troubles struck – before a late-September diesel emissions scandal cut the automaker down at the knees, before the company’s U.S. CEO testified before a typically hostile congressional subcommittee, before it was known that the brand’s MY2016 diesel-powered cars wouldn’t be certified for sale – Volkswagen’s … [Read more...] about Volkswagen’s 800,000 Sales Goal in US by 2018 is Definitely Toast
There’s something about billions of dollars in investment and carefully planned long-term product strategies that make it hard for an automaker to turn on a dime in the face of a threat.Ford Motor Company CEO Mark Fields says his company has no plans to reverse course on its goal of boosting production of cars and components in Mexico, even after President-elect Trump’s promise of a 35-percent tariff on vehicles crossing the Rio Grande.It’s a game of chicken Ford intents to win.Speaking after an address at the Los Angeles Auto Show last night, Fields said it’s full steam ahead on the automaker’s Mexico plans. Saying he feels that such a tariff would negatively impact the U.S. economy, Fields implied that Trump’s election promise won’t amount to much.“A tariff like that would be imposed on the entire auto sector, and that could have a huge impact on the U.S. economy,” Fields said, according to Automotive News. “I continue … [Read more...] about Don’t Expect Us to Backpedal on Mexico Plans: Ford CEO