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Will Mexico’s new president use the border as leverage? -Gil Guerra

Late in the evening of June 2, Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo stormed to victory in Mexico’s presidential election, becoming the first woman elected to that office.

At first glance she could hardly have wished for better circumstances. Although we don’t have a final count yet, Sheinbaum appears to be on the cusp of gaining nearly 60 percent of the vote—leaving her nearest rival by more than 30 points—and gaining a supermajority in Congress. She will take office with the blessing of her popular predecessor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), and with virtually all instruments of government under the control of her party, Morena.

Despite these advantages, Sheinbaum will have to make tough decisions quickly to address some important issues. Of these, perhaps none will be as consequential — both for her country and for the United States — as what to do about Mexican immigration policy.

Sheinbaum’s vague immigration platform.

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