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Bush Strikes Deal on Immigration Bill

Bush Strikes Deal on Immigration Bill

The U.S. Senate this week will debate an immigration bill supported by President Bush that would provide legal status to approximately 12 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the U.S.  Allowing 600,000 workers into the country without their families, the measure's guest worker provision would grant them 2-year periods of stay for a maximum of 6 years.  For further […]

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U.S. Congress Votes to Restrict Highway Access for Mexican Trucks

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 411-3 this week to delay a Bush Administration plan to provide Mexican trucks full access to U.S. highways.  Proponents of allowing full access say it will save American consumers hundreds of millions of dollars.  Opponents are concerned that the Mexican trucks will not meet U.S. safety standards.  The House […]

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HIV-Positive Women Activists Gather in Mexico

At a conference convened by the International AIDS Society and sponsored by the United Nations, 25 leaders and HIV-positive women activists from across Latin America gathered to strategize for the 17th International AIDS Conference to be held in Mexico next year.  Participants emphasized the need to address the social stigma and cultural conditions affiliated with the […]

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Mexico City: The Liberal Capital of Latin America?

National Public Radio (NPR) reporter Lourdes Garcia-Navarro filed a report examining how Mexico City is leading the way in Latin American liberalism. Reflected by the Mexico City Assembly passing progressive measures on civil unions and abortion, local attitudes are not as they once were. With its trendy art scene, the city recently hosted controversial photographer Spencer Tunick's […]

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Taking a Closer Look at Drug Trafficking

Larry Birns and Alex Sanchez of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs analyze the power of Mexican drug traffickers in their report, “The Government and Drug Lords: Who Rules Mexico?”  Arguing that the only viable solution to combating drug trafficking is further deployment of the Mexican army to relevant regions as well as the subsequent extradition […]

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LA Mayor Speaks of "Common Destiny" in Mexico

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa visited Mexico this past week, calling on U.S. leaders to reform immigration laws and provide a permanent pathway to citizenship.  The Mayor, who emphasized business ties along with his immigration message, met with President Felipe Calderon and addressed the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.  Villaraigosa, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, […]

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U.S. Media Coverage of Pro-immigrant Rallies

U.S. Media Coverage of Pro-immigrant Rallies

From Los Angeles to New York, and in several cities in between, immigrants and activists marched on May 1st in support of immigration reform, and specifically, a reformed path to legalization for those in the country illegally.  When covering immigration, and illegal immigration in particular, members of the U.S. media tend to focus on Mexico.  And, indeed, […]

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Calderon Discusses Environmental Policy

President Felipe Calderon participated in Earth Day ceremonies on an ecological reserve, calling for greater environmental education in the country's schools. Arguing that educational programs will improve the environment and combat global warming, Calderon also signed a decree aimed at protecting the endangered “El Hundido” aquifer in Coahuila state. Calderon has developed an environmental initiative […]

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New York City Mayor Examines Mexican Anti-poverty Program

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg traveled to Toluca, Mexico this week to learn about the Oportunidades anti-poverty program.  Serving approximately 25 million people, Opportunidades is Mexico's conditional cash transfer program and principal anti-poverty initiative. The program awards cash grants to economically disadvantaged families for keeping their children in school and providing them with healthcare.  […]

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Mexico City Legalizes Abortion

Mexico City Legalizes Abortion

Mexico City's Legislative Assembly voted 46-19 to legalize abortion, and the city's progressive mayor is expected to approve it.  President Felipe Calderon's conservative party and the Catholic Church have spoken out against the city's actions. Martha Micher, director of the Mexico City government's Women's Institute, estimates that 200,000 women have illegal abortions in Mexico each […]

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One Hundred Police Officers Detained

Mexican soldiers have detained over 100 police officers in Nuevo Leon, a state bordering Texas.  They are being held and investigated on suspicion of aiding drug traffickers in what appears to be the latest effort of President Calderon's administration to dispatch the military in fighting drug cartels. For further information, see: Soldiers arrest Mexican police […]

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Carlos Slim Now World's Second-Richest Person

Carlos Slim Now World's Second-Richest Person

Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Helu has surpassed Warren Buffet to take the number two position on the Forbes list of the world's richest people.  Slim, now worth $53 billion, is approaching Bill Gates’ fortune of $56 for the top spot.  Slim owns Mexico's dominant phone company and has numerous other holdings throughout Latin America.  His wealth highlights the gap between […]

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Federal Court Rules on U.S.-Mexico Water Irrigation Dispute

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California ruled to allow the U.S. to continue its plan to fortify irrigation canals on the U.S. side of its border with Mexico to prevent seepage that has been used by farmers across the border in Mexicali Valley. In 2005, two U.S. environmental groups and a Mexican community […]

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Journalist Killed as Mexico Becoming Increasingly Unsafe for Reporters

Amado Ramirez, a correspondent for Mexico's most popular news network, Televisa, was killed in a premeditated shooting on April 6th after a taping of his show. The perpetetrators have not yet been apprehended in what is the latest in a series of crimes targeting journalists. An official at the Inter-American Press Association has said that […]

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New Eco-Friendly Tourism Initiative to Focus on World Heritage Sites

Expedia and the United Nations Foundation have teamed up as part of the World Heritage Alliance to promote sustainable travel to Mexico among its tours of UNESCO World Heritage sites.  As part of the collaborative effort, Expedia announced that its employees are joining forces with local community-based tourism companies to create cultural and natural tours in Mexico.  Expedia has […]

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