The Politics of Immigration in Mexico

In picking a new President, the country is waging its own debate about the hot button issue

Presidential elections in Mexico used to be as sleepy as they were preordained, the product of 71 years of one-party rule that ended in 2000. But when Mexicans go to the polls on July 2, few will gripe that this campaign has been too quiet. The front runner, former Mexico City Mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador, of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, has turned his rallies into carnival-style events, with supporters tossing marigold garlands around his neck and hoisting cages with squawking chachalaca birds that wear his opponents' names. To a raucous throng last week in Puebla, south of Mexico City, López...

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