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Mexican ambassador expresses confidence new trade deal will get done

Daniel Perle Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 Mexican ambassador expresses confidence new trade deal will get done WASHINGTON – The Mexican ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday he is confident final details can be worked out a new trade deal between the two countries and Canada, despite President Donald Trump’s sometimes disruptive border rhetoric. Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández said that Trump’s ability to drive the narrative made these negotiations on the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement much different than talks on its predecessor, the North American Free Trade Agreement. “When NAFTA was being negotiated, negotiators tried as hard as possible to keep all the other stuff – security, migration – away from the trade table,” Gutiérrez said. “This time around it was a completely different administration … and a completely different political context.” Unlike the Clinton-era talks on NAFTA, negotiators on this agreement “were not dealing only with that (trade), but also with border security, immigration,” Gutiérrez said. He said that led Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to not just look at trade but to “comprehensively” examine the relationship between Mexico and the U.S. Gutiérrez made the comments during a Brookings Institution panel that came a week after the International Trade Commission finished two days of hearings on the agreement – and after weeks in which Trump has focused on a northbound migrant caravan in Mexico, deploying U.S. troops to the border...

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White House vows to fight ‘absurd’ ruling against asylum restrictions

Vandana Ravikumar Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 White House vows to fight ‘absurd’ ruling against asylum restrictions WASHINGTON – The White House on Tuesday vowed to fight a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily blocked restrictions on asylum seekers, who administration officials said threaten to “incapacitate our already overwhelmed immigration system.” U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar late Monday ruled that a Nov. 9 policy to deny asylum to immigrants if they do not turn themselves over at designated ports of entry “irreparably conflicts” with the Immigration and Nationality Act. Tigar cited language of the act that says “any alien who arrives in the United States, irrespective of that alien’s status, may apply for asylum – ‘whether or not at a designated port of arrival.'” “Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden,” Tigar wrote. He agreed with plaintiffs in the case who argued that letting the policy take effect would cause immigrants to “suffer irreparable injury” and face “increased risk of violence and other harms at the border.” Tigar ordered the administration to return to the previous way of processing asylum applications and set a Dec. 19 hearing to determine if the injunction on the policy should be made permanent. In a joint statement, the departments of Justice and Homeland Security said they will definitely...

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International doctors vital to Arizona rural communities

SuElen Rivera and Abdel Jimenez Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 International doctors vital to Arizona rural communities SHOW LOW – Osaf Ahmed walked through the clinic owned by Summit Healthcare, the local hospital, happily greeting co-workers as he prepared to see patients that day. For Ahmed, who came from Pakistan in 1995, this city in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona is home. Once an international medical student, he has lived in this underserved community of 12,000 and other small towns across Arizona for nearly a decade, filling a sorely needed job: primary care physician. U.S.-trained foreign doctors have been practicing in rural areas throughout Arizona, filling the demand for primary care providers, known as PCPs. Arizona ranks 42nd in the nation for active number of primary care physicians per 100,000 residents, and according to the University of Portland, 23.3 percent of doctors in Arizona are foreign born. Ahmed came to the U.S. dreaming of becoming a doctor, although his journey wasn’t always easy, especially when it came time to apply for proper immigration status. Ahmed had to first apply for a visitor visa before he was matched with a training hospital and approved for a student visa, otherwise known as a J-1 exchange visitor visa. He says the process of obtaining that visa was hard because he had about a month to get it after being matched with a...

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A new experience for Edwards and Sumlin coaching their first Territorial Cup game

Harley Yearout Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 A new experience for Edwards and Sumlin coaching their first Territorial Cup game TEMPE – With the Pac-12 South title race now dead and gone for the Arizona State Sun Devils, the team has turned its focus to the University of Arizona and the battle for the Territorial Cup. The Territorial Cup dates to 1899, and this season it features coaches who are experiencing it for the first time, together. And there is plenty at stake. Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin’s Wildcats have a 5-6 record and can qualify for a postseason bowl by beating the Sun Devils in Tucson Saturday. ASU coach Herm Edwards and the Sun Devils have already secured a bowl berth with a 6-5 record, but a victory can move them up to a higher tier of bowls and assure a winning season, regardless of the bowl outcome. As of Monday afternoon, most college football platforms predicted ASU is likely to play in the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl or the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. “If you win this game, it probably gets you a better seed in a bowl game,” Edwards said at his weekly media conference. Both Edwards and Sumlin suggested that there won’t be as much bad blood between the teams as fans may expect, despite what is on the line. The two coaches...

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