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Mexicans by and large have been excoriating their president for inviting Donald Trump for what looked like a state visit yesterday. Journalist Esteban Illades of the Mexican news site Nexos called it the most painful day in the history of the Mexican presidency. Illades joins Here & Now s Robin Young with more about how the country is reacting to Trumps trip. Guest Esteban Illades , editor of Mexican news site Nexos. He tweets @esteban_is . Nexos tweets  @nexosmexico . Copyright 2016 NPR. To...

Donald Trump has provided the political world with many moving moments over the past year, but none quite like the whiplash mood swing between his daytime and nighttime performances in Mexico City and Phoenix on Wednesday. In the daylight hours, Trump struck his most presidential pose to date with a solemn (if somewhat grumpy) reading of prepared remarks at a news conference alongside Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto. That somber event, inside the Mexican presidential residence,...

Hours before he is slated to make a major policy speech on immigration Wednesday in Phoenix, Donald Trump is making a bold move — he will be meeting with Mexico's president. He tweeted the news late Tuesday night: "I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Peña Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow." The Washington Post first reported that Trump was considering the move and could be flying to Mexico City to meet with Peña Nieto: "Mexican President...

Immigrants fleeing gang violence in Central America are again surging across the U.S.-Mexico border, approaching the numbers that created an immigration crisis in the summer of 2014 . While the flow of immigrants slowed for much of last year, nothing the U.S. government does seems to deter the current wave of travelers. Immigration officials opened controversial family detention camps in south Texas. They publicized immigration roundups earlier this year, with more to come. A big U.S. public...

How would Donald Trump's most attention-grabbing promises become reality? One answer came from one of the members of Congress who would face the task of actually enacting the promises. He's Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino, who recently became one of the first prominent Republicans to endorse Trump for president. Marino's answer: On one key issue, Trump doesn't literally mean what he says. "It doesn't have to be a brick-and-mortar wall here," Marino told NPR's Morning Edition. "We're talking...

Right after Mexican authorities announced the third capture of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman , we heard the real shocker: Just months before, Sean Penn had ventured into the Mexican jungle and secretly met with the kingpin . The Academy Award-winning actor wrote an article for Rolling Stone about the encounter and he made it clear that it wouldn't have happened without the help of a Mexican actress. Kate del Castillo, he wrote, "was our ticket to El Chapo's trust." On screen, del Castillo was...

The Mexican government shocked the world Friday, revealing that it had caught drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán nearly six months after his second escape from prison. On Saturday night, it was Sean Penn's turn to deliver a shock: In Rolling Stone , the actor revealed that he had spoken with the longtime head of the Sinaloa drug cartel during his time as a fugitive. "This will be the first interview El Chapo had ever granted outside an interrogation room," Penn writes, "leaving me no...

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A team from Connecticut-based non-profit AmeriCares is on the ground in Mexico assessing the need for disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Patricia. Patricia made landfall late Friday as a Category 5 hurricane, but weakened rapidly to a tropical storm.

Updated at 8:05 p.m. ET The National Hurricane Center says the eye of Hurricane Patricia has made landfall near Cuixmala on Mexico's southwestern Pacific coast. Its winds were measured at 165 mph, somewhat weakened but still a Category 5 storm capable of catastrophic damage. Our original post continues: Hurricane Patricia is bearing down on Mexico's Pacific coast Friday. Forecasters say this could be potentially catastrophic. It's a monster storm with sustained winds of 200 mph . That's the...

The most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the eastern Pacific will make a "potentially catastrophic landfall" in southwestern Mexico Friday, the National Weather Service says. Hurricane Patricia is bringing winds that now top 200 mph; it's expected to strike Friday afternoon or evening. "This is the equivalent of a giant EF5 tornado spinning over the Pacific Ocean," says meteorologist Travis Herzog of ABC-13 TV in Houston. "If Patricia maintains anything near this intensity at landfall in...

Update, 12:27 a.m. The death toll is now at 3 with the death of a second infant in the hours following the blast, according to The Associated Press, and eight children and seven adults remain in critical condition. "The blast occurred at 7:05 a.m. when the truck was making a routine delivery of gas to the hospital kitchen and gas started to leak. Witnesses said the tanker workers struggled for 15 or 20 minutes to repair the leak while a large cloud of gas formed. " 'The hose broke. The two...

Mexico's attorney general made it official last night: The 43 college students who went missing last fall are dead. That's the conclusion they've reached based on confessions of the alleged perpetrators and forensic evidence. Tomás Zerón de Lucio, the man in charge of criminal investigations, laid out the evidence during a press conference. According to Zerón, who went into great detail, the students were kidnapped, taken to a trash dump, killed, set on fire, the remains put in bags and then...

The State Department launched a program this month that creates a safe passage to the United States from Central America. It would give some U.S.-based Latino parents the chance to bring over children they left in their home countries. More than 57,000 child migrants made the trip across the U.S.-Mexican border this year. Many report being physically and sexually abused along the harrowing journey. The new program could benefit immigrants like Wilfredo Díaz, who left Honduras 16 years ago...

Mexican Federal Police captured the former mayor of Iguala, José Luis Abarca, and his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda, near Mexico City this morning, the spokesman for the Federal Police said in a tweet . If you remember, the federal government has been searching for Abarca since they accused him of ordering the capture of 43 college students. Authorities have said Abarca then ordered police to turn over the students to a cartel. Their whereabouts are still unknown. The Mexican news site,...

The number of people who have died crossing the US-Mexico border has hit a 15-year low. The Associated Press reports : "...more immigrants turned themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer took their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert. The U.S. government recorded 307 deaths in the 2014 fiscal year that ended in September - the lowest number since 1999. In 2013, the number of deaths was 445." The AP also says those new numbers indicate that the U.S. Customs and...

Mexico's top prosecutor says a mayor and his wife ordered the attack on 43 students who have been missing for nearly a month. The couple — of the town of Iguala in the southern state of Guerrero — are now fugitives. Thousands of protesters marched down Mexico City's grand Reforma Boulevard on Wednesday night, banging drums, carrying pictures of the 43 students who went missing on Sept. 26, and demanding the resignation of the governor of the state of Guerrero and even of President Enrique...

The number of Central American children and families being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexican border has dropped dramatically in recent months, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. There has been a 60 percent decline in apprehensions of minors since the record numbers making the illegal trek earlier this summer. A lot of factors may be contributing to the dramatic drop, including heavy rains along the migrant route and media campaigns in home countries dispelling rumors that kids can stay in the...

Migrant Children May Be Sheltered in Massachusetts

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According to the independent think tank The Migration Policy Institute , 85 percent of the Central American migrant children who have arrived in the U.S. over the past few months are reunited with relatives here. Most go to places with established communities of Central American families , including cities in Connecticut like New Haven and Hartford. Others go to Massachusetts.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce on Monday that he is ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico, according to reports from The Monitor and The Houston Chronicle . The Monitor , a south Texas newspaper, reports that it received a memo that outlined the plan. The paper says the 1,000 troops would cost about $12 million per month. The Monitor adds: "The memo was provided to The Monitor on the condition of anonymity because the information is not yet public....

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It's not something you'd immediately associate with staying healthy: video games. A professor at Quinnipiac University is exploring whether or not digital avatars can encourage gay men in Mexico City to get tested regularly for HIV.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSiuRoKcIwU Mud slides, flash floods and rising waters are proving to be a deadly combination in the mountains near Acapulco, Mexico, where dozens of people have died in recent days as a tropical storm-turned hurricane pummels the area. The storm, Manuel, "was a Category 1 hurricane nearing Mexico's coast early Thursday and [was] expected to produce 75 mph winds and between 5 and 10 inches of rain over the state of Sinaloa," The Associated Press reports . The...