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The Hard Country
Texas Public Policy Foundation
Joshua Treviño and Melissa Ford of the Texas Public Policy Foundation discuss U.S.-Mexico relations, border security, and some Texas history.
Nov 17, 2023
It’s Not All Bad News… the Food Is Asombrosa!
Joshua Treviño and Melissa Ford Maldonado discuss the latest headlines surrounding our southern border, including a wrap up on Mexico City’s best cup of hot cocoa!
Nov 14, 2023
Live Before A Studio Audience
Kicking off TPPF's 2023 U.S.-Mexico Policy Summit, Joshua Treviño and Melissa Ford discuss the current state of affairs between the United States and our neighbors to the south.
1 hr 11 min
Sep 29, 2023
What Happens When Criminals Are In Charge?
Joshua Treviño and Melissa Ford Maldonado discuss the latest headlines surrounding our southern border and beyond, including the “cartel merch” that can be purchased here in the U.S.
Sep 5, 2023
Is Violence the “New Normal”?
Joshua Treviño and Melissa Ford discuss the latest headlines surrounding our southern border, including unprecedented numbers of extreme violence, murder, disappearances and kidnapping at ever increasing frequency.
Aug 22, 2023
Bolivian Paradise Lost
Joshua Treviño and Melissa Ford explore the history and culture of Melissa's native country of Bolivia, including the rise of socialism under president Evo Morales. They close the show by discussing the exploitation of Mexican dysfunction by foreign actors.
Aug 11, 2023
As Long As There Are Two People in Mexico, There Will Be Revolution
Joshua Treviño and Melissa Ford discuss new footage of armed cartel members trafficking migrants, exploitation of the CBP One app, and former Mexican President Vicente Fox's controversial critiques of AMLO. Below are the materials referenced in the episode: * The Laredo City Election and Riot of April, 1886 by Seb. S. Wilcox * Cartel gunmen near the border * Cartel gunman in the Rio Grande * Sheriff’s son pleads guilty to drug trafficking * Eagle Pass City Council takes back public park * Migrants being targeted for extortion, US stops taking mobile app appointments * Mexican cartels exploit US government's CBP One app * The Meaning of Invasion Under the Compact Clause of the U.S. Constitution
Aug 4, 2023
The Buoy Debate Remains Afloat
Joshua Treviño and Melissa Ford discuss the latest headlines surrounding our southern border, primarily the controversy surrounding the buoys in the Rio Grande.
Jul 25, 2023
Left, Right & Center Below the Border
Josh and Melissa discuss the risky rhetoric of the U.S. War on Mexican cartels.
Jul 17, 2023
The Conservative US-Mexico Policy Coalition Statement
Joshua Treviño and Melissa Ford discuss the latest headlines surrounding our southern border, primarily the recently published Conservative US-Mexico Policy Coalition Statement regarding the US - Mexico Relations.
May 30, 2023
Migrants Believe Biden Has Rolled Out A Big Welcome Mat
WATCH: John Kennedy's 'Cat Food' Comment That Members Of Mexico's Government Have Called 'Racist' • WATCH: John Kenne... ROY MAYNARD: Yes, Migrants Believe Biden Has Rolled Out A Big Welcome Mat | The Daily Caller https://dailycaller.com/2023/05/12/op... Versión estenográfica de la conferencia de prensa matutina del presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador https://lopezobrador.org.mx/2023/05/1... A middle path to curb fentanyl - POLITICO https://www.politico.com/newsletters/.... Tax Dollars & Texas History https://www.texashistorytrust.org/tex... TPPF's Melissa Ford and Joshua Treviño discuss many of the problems stemming from our southern border, beginning with the tale of a raid carried out in Rio Grande City, Texas in August 1877 by a group of armed men of Mexican descent, during which they attacked the county jail and freed notorious criminal Segundo Garza. District attorney Noah Cox was also seriously wounded during the attack. The incident sheds light on the violence and instability that characterized the Texas-Mexico border during this time period.
May 5, 2023
The Roots and the Fun Surrounding Cinco de Mayo
Joshua Treviño and Melissa Ford discuss the latest headlines surrounding our southern border, culminating to the roots and fun surrounding Cinco de Mayo.
Apr 21, 2023
Napoleon, the Monroe Doctrine and 21st Century US-Mexico Tensions
Joshua Treviño and Melissa Ford discuss how such historic moments as the Napoleonic Wars and the writing of the Monroe Doctrine have left lasting impacts on today’s relations between the US and our neighbors to the south.
Apr 11, 2023
The Beauty and Corruption We Saw In Mexico City
Joshua Treviño and Melissa Ford reflect on their recent visit to Mexico City and discuss the beauty and corruption that lies beyond our southern border, culminating to Mexico earning the moniker of “Gilded Lilies on a Sea of Blood”.
Mar 24, 2023
The Riches, Power and Influence of the Mexican Cartels
Mar 10, 2023
The Dangerous and Even Deadly U.S.-Mexico Border
TPPF’s Joshua Treviño and Melissa Ford discuss the current state of affairs regarding the dangerous - even deadly - Mexican/American border. LINKS: Santiago Vidaurri and the Confederacy on JSTOR: https://www.jstor.org/stable/979966 Matamoros, la narrativa de la derecha y el dilema para AMLO (eluniversal.com.mx) https://www.eluniversal.com.mx/opinion/alejandro-hope/matamoros-la-narrativa-de-la-derecha-y-el-dilema-para-amlo Mexico: Friend or Foe | Texas Policy Summit 2023 - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpjXB-q1sU4 Texas Policy Summit Closing Keynote: Alice Galván - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvSHnmzaiGg Patria Unida por un México Valiente https://www.patriaunida.mx/ The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s mission is to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas and the nation by educating and affecting policymakers and the Texas public policy debate with academically sound research and outreach. Funded by thousands of…
Feb 28, 2023
Is Mexico a Narco State?
TPPF’s Joshua Treviño and Melissa Ford discuss the current state of Mexico’s leadership, whether or not it is a Narco State, and what Texas and The United States’ response might be.
Feb 14, 2023
The Stratospheric Levels of Cartel Violence and the Weakness of AMLO’s Government
Feb 1, 2023
Mexican-American Relations - Past, Present and Ideas for a Prosperous Future
Joshua Treviño and Melissa Ford discuss Mexican-American relations - past, present and ideas for a prosperous future.