Isabella Cota is a freelance journalist based in Ciudad de México, Mexico. As a former Bloomberg Correspondent she has covered Latin America's most exciting business, financial, political and social stories. She was previously with Reuters and has collaborated with The Guardian, BBC Mundo, NPR and PRI among other international outlets. In Mexico, her investigative reporting led her to a collaboration with the prestigious unit Quinto Elemento Lab.
Central America's drug cartels are turning their attention to trafficking people. Across the region, a deadly combination of mass undocumented migration, poverty, and the breakdown of law and order are proving fertile ground for a thriving and increasingly unbreakable trade in people.
2016 was supposed to be Mexico's year, at least according to Wall Street. But with Donald Trump's arrival and trader's indiscriminate use of the peso as their favorite hedging tool, the currency absorbed shocks and left it battered.
The 89% Pay Cut That Brought Trump-Mania to America's Heartland: Understanding the Republican candidate's anti-free trade, working-class appeal. Prior to Nafta, trade between the U.S. and Mexico was a relatively tame affair. The two sides alternated between deficits and surpluses—small figures, typically no bigger than a few billion dollars. U.S. exports quickly jumped after the accord went into effect in 1994, but the imports pouring in from Mexico climbed faster, and by 2015, the U.S. was posting a deficit of almost $60 billion.
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