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Unchecked power of the INS shatters American dream
Luis Jimenez, 29, displays scars from stabbing himself with a plastic spoon while depressed in INS custody. He was ordered released in October.
Roger Jenson/The Oregonian:Exuan Li "Faith" Zheng, 22, an asylum seeker, recalls being held two years and two months in Oregon jails after trying to enter the United States llegally.
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Welcome to Arizona, Desert Outpost of Contradictions
John Moore/Getty Images: Demonstrators protested Arizona’s tough new immigration law in Phoenix last week.
By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD and JENNIFER STEINHAUER
In the spotlight for its new immigration law, and seen by many as a cartoon of intolerance, Arizona in reality is much more complex.
Obama Says Passing Immigration Bill May Be Difficult
By HELENE COOPER
The president says reforms are needed, lest more state measures emerge like the tough new law in Arizona.
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Mexico issues travel warning over Arizona immigration law
One day after Mexican President Felipe Calderón condemned the new Arizona immigration law, Mexico issued a travel warning that 'all Mexican citizens could be bothered or questioned without motive at any moment.'
Mexico's President Felipe Calderon speaks during a news conference in Mexico City, Monday. Earlier in the day, Calderon condemned the new Arizona new immigration law as discriminatory. Mexico has issued a travel warning to Mexican citizens in Arizona. Eduardo Verdugo/AP
By Sara Miller Llana, Staff writer / April 27, 2010
Americans are accustomed to State Department advisories cautioning them to steer clear of dicey protests and political turmoil in developing countries, including their neighbor to the south.
Since drug violence erupted in Mexico, the US has warned its citizens of “large fire fights” in towns across Mexico, particularly along the US-Mexico border.
Mexico always grumbles about US travel alerts. But today Mexico got payback.
Minuteman Project volunteer 'Randy' of Las Vegas, patrols the US-Mexican border on April 4, 2005, along a border road near Naco, Ariz. Members of the Minuteman Project say their mission is to stop the flow of illegal immigration, a job they say federal authorities are failing to do. Arizona is the most porous state along the United States' border with Mexico.
IN PICTURES: The US/Mexico border
In big red letters on its “travel guide” on the exterior ministry website is a travel alert for “all Mexicans visiting, living, or studying in the state of Arizona.”
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By Dennis Romero, Apr. 20 2010
A senior U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorney was found guilty or corruption Tuesday for taking bribes from immigrants who wanted to stay in the country legally.
Peter Kallas, an assistant chief counsel at the agency, was convicted of "conspiracy, six counts of bribery, two counts of obstruction of justice, seven counts of fraud and misuse of entry documents, three counts of aggravated identity theft, nine counts of making false statements to the Department of Labor, four counts of making false statements to obtain federal employee compensation, and four counts of tax evasion," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.
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Arizona's immigration law
A conservative border state is at risk of becoming a police state
Apr 22nd 2010 | LOS ANGELES
RUSSELL PEARCE is the quintessential Arizona Republican. He wears stars-and-stripes shirts and has clips of John Wayne and Ronald Reagan on his website. He loves guns, his family, his Mormon faith, his country and the law, which he enforced for many years as deputy sheriff of Maricopa County. He jokes that being Republican, and thus not having a heart, saved his life when he got shot in the chest once. But his main passion is illegal immigrants, whom he calls “invaders”. He loathed them even before his son Sean, also a sheriff’s deputy, got shot by one. But now it is personal.
Mr Pearce, a state senator, has sponsored an Arizona law that, if enacted, would be the toughest in the country. It is so brazen it has caused outrage. This week it passed the last hurdles in the state legislature. As The Economist went to press, it was awaiting the signature of Arizona’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer.
When the niños run out
A falling birth rate, and what it means
Apr 22nd 2010 | MEXICO CITY
FENCES, soldiers, infra-red cameras: the United States goes to great lengths to hold back the teeming masses across its southern border (see article). But the masses are teeming less. Mexico’s birth rate, once among the world’s highest, is in free-fall. In the 1960s Mexican mothers had nearly seven children each (whereas women in India then had fewer than six). The average now is just over two—almost the same as in the United States. The UN reckons that from 2040 the birth rate in Mexico will be the lower of the two.
The fall follows a government u-turn nearly 40 years ago, when a contraception campaign replaced the previous nation-building policy. Today, four out of ten married Mexican women are sterilised, a radical measure that partly reflects the continuing lack of other contraception in some areas as well as strict laws against abortion everywhere but the capital. Broader changes, such as more women in education and work, and pricier housing, have pushed down the size of families even more. (Brazil, where the government has promoted contraception less forcefully, has experienced a similar baby bust.)
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Studies Reveal Declining Living Standards and Increasing Anger
by Hiram Lee
The Great Depression of the XXI Century
Michel Chossudovsky and Andrew Gavin Marshall (Editors)
Canada's contribution to Afghanistan's death toll, in the ironically named: "Operation Enduring Freedom" (7th October 2001-3rd June 2003) resulted in eternity's "enduring freedom" for up to 23,600 fellow beings, young, old. Even the unborn in their mothers' wombs. The "Coaltion" mass murders, at checkpoints, in vehicles, schools, homes, markets, communities, continue unabated. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, recently stated that General Stanley McChrystal believes that continued "casualties" (translation: dead) at the hands of US and NATO troops imperil the entire war effort in the country. You couldn't fault Gates and McChrystal for critical perception (clarity that took nearly nine years to figure.)
by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
Boiling Tea in America
Attitudes toward the Tea Party movement
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DHS-ICE: Systematic Corruption, Mismanagement, Discrimination, Retaliation, and Harassment To Continue
by Miguel Contreras - July 24, 2009
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed in 2003. Former President George W. Bush besides destroying our economy, he also destroyed the U.S. Customs Service, or at least the name, because the cancerous tumor (civil service career employees) was merely split into several agencies. The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Inspector General (OIG), the alleged "watchdog" of all agencies was reduced in size, while DHS' OIG is growing and getting bigger. Some of the cases or names mentioned in this report have been already covered by co-publisher Bill Conroy, author of the House of Death series.
I tried to get the attention of President Barack Obama, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. through channels but I got tired of waiting. Since I will never receive justice or my day in court I will try to prove the justice in America which is supposed to be blind is not blind at all.
Rights activists killed in Mexico
Two human rights activists have been killed in a paramilitary attack on an aid convoy travelling to a breakaway region of southern Mexico, the convoy's organisers have said.
Gunmen opened fire on the convoy as it was carrying food and water to a blockaded indigenous community in Oaxaca state.
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President Calderón greets Uruapan mayor Antonio González, who was arrested and held for six months before being released. (Municipality Of Uruapan)
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DEA Cites Homeland Security Today in Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing
MARCH 17, 2009—Testifying at a combined hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs and the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, Anthony Placido, intelligence chief for the Drug Enforcement Administration, holds up the February issue of Homeland Security Today magazine that contains the second part of a three-part investigative series on the brutal violence in Mexico. Homeland Security Today correspondents (writing from Mexico and the US border) and Brian Michael Jenkins have presented a comprehensive look at the struggle and how it affects the US. Mr. Placido reflected this in his testimony when he says the violence "has caused some, including Homeland Security [Today] magazine, to speculate about the likelihood of Mexico failing in its efforts. And, for our purposes, and by extension, created a discussion about whether the violence would spill over our southwest border at increased levels and with adverse consequences to US interests." (Manuel Balce Ceneta /AP photo/March 17, 2009)
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El Universal has no official political affilation and is the most read newspaper in Mexico.
PF genera derrama económica en Juárez: Escobar
Ubica policía de Oaxaca a periodistas
EFE: RECUERDAN A PERIODISTA. El cuerpo de Beatriz Alberta Cariño Trujillo fue velado, en medio de porras y ¡vivas a Zapata!, por familiares y amigos en el municipio de Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca | Ver nota
Rectores a FCH: balas no bastan
KOWANIN SILVA: "QUIERO SER NARCO Y RICO" Entre niños de Ciudad Juárez, en cuya cotidianidad hay múltiples referencias de asesinatos, el narcotraficante y el sicario se perciben como un oficio más. | Ver nota
Asaltantes de casa de empeño llegan a PGJDF
FERNANDO RAMIREZ: TOMA DE REHENES. Momento en el cual los asaltantes de una casa de empeño huyen con los rehenes a bordo de una patrulla de la SSP-DF; los sujetos fueron liberados posteriormente y se sospecha de su participación en el robo | Ver nota | Fotogalería
Al fin se hizo justicia: Teresa y Alberta
JUAN JOSE ARREOLA: EN LIBERTAD. Las indígenas queretanas Alberta Alcántara Juan y Teresa González salieron del penal femenil de San José el Alto, en Querétaro, a bordo de una camioneta y con dirección a la Ciudad de México, pues irán a dar gracias a la Virgen de Guadalupe | Ver nota
Piden diputados parar comercio con Arizona
EFE:MILLONARIO HALLAZGO. Soldados del Ejército Mexicano hallaron 799 mil 780 dólares escondidos en un compartimiento secreto de un automóvil en Culiacán | Ver nota
Senado para acuerdo con EU; IP pide boicot
ENCADENADOS: EMILIO VASQUEZ. Militares que llegaron en helicóptero a una finca ubicada en la sierra del municipio de Sabinas, fueron recibidos a tiros. Mataron a dos de los agresores y liberaron a 16 personas, entre ellas una mujer y su hijo de 3 años | Ver nota
ODIO E INTOLERANCIA. El presidente Felipe Calderón anunció la defensa de los mexicanos ante la inaceptable y discriminatoria ley aprobada en Arizona, porque la criminalización abre la puerta al odio y a la intolerancia. | Ver nota
"Hemos invertido mucho en la Iniciativa Mérida", que da ayuda a México, Centroamérica, Haití y la República Dominicana para combatir el narcotráfico y el crimen organizado, dijo Crowley.
El importe que destina Estados Unidos a México bajo la Iniciativa asciende a algo más de mil 300 millones de dólares en el trienio 2008-2010.