hope UA plans don't lock them out
The University of Arizona wants to nearly
double its percentage of Hispanic students within the next decade.
-- But some students and alumni worry that UA's intent to also
raise admission standards and tuition rates will shut the door
on too many minority and working- class families. -- Veronica
Martinez is a leader of Movimiento
Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or MEChA, which is just one
of the groups hoping to catch UA President Peter Likins' ear
industry border meltdown in progress
The signs of crisis are everywhere. Homeless
people sleep in abandoned factories where workers once assembled
irons, toasters, shirts and other goods. Border migrant groups
air radio announcements in the countryside, telling job seekers
to stay away. -- Mexico's northern border industry, hit hard
by a year-long downturn, is finally starting to recover, but
with some of its biggest factories shuttered, no one expects
the region to return to the thriving export economy it enjoyed
for a decade. -- Mexico recently complained to the World Trade
Organization about China's luring away its factories, but Asia
is not the border's only competition.
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prods US on illegals
..."It's hard to see where [immigration
reform] fits in right now," says Daniel
Griswold, associate director of the Cato Institute Center
for Trade Policy Studies. "It is being viewed more through
a national-security lens than an economic lens, and that has
become paramount." -- Lobbyists with the National Restaurant
Association recently pleaded with Bush to deal with the immigration
issue at the Mexico conference, pointing out that the industry
estimates it will create 1.4 million new jobs by 2010.
Boulder's Human Rights Commission is
urging the city government to be more welcoming and accessible
for the city's Spanish- speaking population. -- But others, theorizing
that many Spanish-speakers in the West are illegal immigrants,
oppose the commission's ideas. -- The commission this week formally
recommended that the city get more people fluent in Spanish working
in city offices that deal directly with the public, and have
more Spanish translation available in City Council meetings and
in Municipal Court sessions.
and Fox: They've Been Closer
After four meetings in 20 months, the
once-promising courtship between Presidents George Bush and Vicente
Fox is falling into a familiar pattern. -- Again on Saturday,
the Mexican leader stressed the urgency of easing the flow of
Mexican migrants to the United States. Again, Bush replied that
he wants to deal with the issue -- "in a way that recognizes
reality and in a way that treats the Mexican citizens who are
in the United States with respect."
Spanish-language Republican Party sign - Santa
scofflaws portrayed as victims
The problem may be increasing as the
number of undocumented
immigrants grows - The scams plaguing immigrant communities
across the nation have similar story lines. -- Advocates say
the cases begin with a consultant offering an immigrant help
getting a work permit or a green card. The consultant, often
pretending to be a lawyer, collects hundreds or even thousands
of dollars from the anxious client. -- But the immigrant gets
nothing in return. Sometimes the consultant steals the money
outright. Other times, that person applies for programs the client
has little or no hope of qualifying for, a move that can lead
to the immigrant's deportation.
witness' status questionable
Nathaniel O. Osbourne, the man who co-owned
the blue Chevrolet Caprice believed to have been used in the
Washington-area sniper attacks, appeared in court Sunday and
is fully cooperating with federal authorities, his attorney said.
entered the United States in 1996 and had been living in New
Jersey, though officials said Sunday that they were unsure
of his visa status. -- Why
Osbourne was in Michigan, how long he had been there...
rant about 'racist' film
Mexican activists staged a rowdy protest
in Los Angeles on Friday against a new Hollywood film about Mexican
artist Frida Kahlo that they say perpetuates colonialism and
racism. -- Around 20 angry activists gathered outside one of
the cinemas where Mexican-born film star Salma Hayek's new movie
"Frida" was due to debut, decrying the picture and
its stars. -- Los
Angeles is a major center for Mexicans living in the U.S.,
who number around seven million.
of inmates drives jail budget up
The population at the Whitfield County
jail has almost doubled in the past three years and - while possible
explanations abound - nobody's exactly sure why the explosion
is occurring. -- One thing county officials do know is that the
increase in population will require the sheriff's office budget
to increase by approximately $2.77 million for 2003... -- A growing illegal immigrant problem adds to the jail
population as well, District Attorney
Kermit McManus said.
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alien has anchor baby, newspaper boasts
Hernandez, whose illegal journey through Arizona was chronicled
by the Star in October 2000, is now determined to stay no matter
what - for the sake of a little girl named Genesis.
babies" such as Genesis have grown up in all walks of
American life. -- Critics of legal and illegal immigration say
an estimated 1.5 million legal immigrants and an unknown number
of illegal immigrants were added to the U.S. population last
year - a rate they find unsustainable and unhealthy. -- Groups
such as NumbersUSA
argue that the births of more than 300,000 anchor babies - to
foreign tourists, legal temporary workers and more than 9 million
illegal entrants - are driving that figure higher under the guise
of family reunification.
Mexicans whine to Davis
Mexico's national ombudsman has asked
California Gov. Gray Davis to intercede for a Mexican-American
child threatened with expulsion from a Los Angeles area school
as a "potential terrorist" after drawing pictures of
planes and guns. -- Jose Luis Soberanes sent a letter to Davis
asking the governor to ensure that Jesus Corono, who was born
in the United States, be allowed to continue attending an
elementary school in Fillmore, California. -- Soberanes said
that fundamental human rights transcend borders, especially in
the case of a child.
complain about truck rules
Transportation and Communications Secretary
Pedro Creosol says restrictions imposed on Mexican trucks entering
the United States is a major trade obstacle and urged Washington
to improve the situation. -- Creosol expressed his concerns over
the long-standing dispute to his U.S. counterpart, Norman [Mineta],
at one of several ministerial meetings held this week in the
run up to the weekend's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
summit in the Los Cabos Mexican resort. -- "It's more than
just a transportation problem...."
Over Pay Costing Illegal Workers
The move to liberalize U.S. immigration
laws stopped cold the day of the terrorist attacks on New York
and Washington, D.C., allowing problems to continue to fester
for the underground labor force in Utah. -- The Mexican consulate
in Salt Lake City is receiving about eight calls a day with complaints
that employers involved in pay disputes are threatening to report
undocumented workers to the INS. The threats of deportation center
workers getting less pay and even no pay when jobs are completed,
said Consul Martin Torres.
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learn there won't be any immigration deals anytime soon
Saying it is important to treat Mexican
citizens "with respect, and to recognize reality,"
President Bush signaled Saturday that he wants a comprehensive
migration accord with Mexico. But his remarks were tempered by
American admonishments that talks on such an accord would not
come anytime soon. -- Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox
met amid a round of private talks between leaders of the 21 nations
that make up the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation group. --
Mexicans have been moving back and forth across the border for
generations, but as the country's economy has worsened in the
last 25 years, illegal migration has accelerated.
Border War Continues
After listening to radical activists
in Tucson, a group of Mexican senators demanded U.S. action "to
help reduce the record death toll at the Arizona border,"
reported the October 4th Tucson Citizen. Of course, the admittedly
tragic death toll among illegal Mexican immigrants crossing the
Sonoran Desert would be radically reduced if the Mexican government
took action to secure its side of the border - but this isn't
what Mexico has in mind. -- While Mexican officials were in Tucson
to demand amnesty for illegal immigrants and bribes for the Mexican
regime, Mexican immigrant smugglers and drug traffickers were
literally firing on U.S. Border Patrol agents.
INS detained sniper suspect
John Allen Muhammad, the U.S. Army veteran
charged with murder in the Washington, D.C.-area sniper slayings,
was detained for hours at Miami International Airport in April
2001 because immigration inspectors suspected he was trying to
smuggle two undocumented Jamaican women into the country, a U.S.
government official said Saturday. -- Muhammad was fleeing authorities
in Antigua, where police suspected he might be involved in human
smuggling and making fraudulent documents.
Vows to Face 'Reality'
President Bush told Vicente Fox on Saturday
that he wanted to deal with the issue of migration from Mexico
"in a way that recognizes reality," with about 3.5
million Mexicans living and working illegally in the U.S.. --
But Bush offered no specific solutions aside from suggesting
that job creation in Mexico could keep Mexicans from crossing
the border in search of work. -- Mexican officials have expressed
concern about the conditions faced by some of these illegals
in the U.S., and supports access to certain social services.
obsessed Fox pushes for "rights" for his illegals in
President Vicente Fox, seeking to improve
rights for undocumented
workers in the U.S., said he wants more than the fight against
terrorism on the agenda when he meets with President George W.
Bush today. -- Fox took office two years ago promising to win
the legalization of 3 million undocumented Mexicans living in
the U.S., increase the number of work visas granted and improve
safety for Mexicans crossing the border illegally. These initiatives
were derailed amid heightened security concerns after the September
2001 attacks in the U.S. -- "My message to him is: Let's
get back to work," Fox said in an interview this week in
Los Cabos, Mexico.