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July 7, 1997
Re "Borderline Efforts on Pollution," June 30: Since NAFTA started, the work force in the low-wage maquiladora manufacturing belt in northern Mexico has expanded by 50%. That directly contradicts the promise that NAFTA would disperse, not further concentrate, the unregulated and highly polluting border industry. The border is already one of the most polluted regions on the globe. Good trade agreements need tough rules to protect the environment and public health. Unless NAFTA is fixed, NAFTA's environmental crisis will worsen along the border and far beyond.
August 19, 2002
Re "Texas Executes Killer Despite Mexico Opposition," Aug. 15: If Mexican President Vicente Fox spent as much time improving his economy and rooting out local corruption as he did trying to protect an admitted cop killer, perhaps hundreds of innocent Mexicans wouldn't die in the desert trying to cross the border into the U.S. Michael Baldridge Glendale
July 11, 2006
The July 9 editorial "Border insecurity" claims that illegal alien workers are necessary to our economy. The basis for that contention is that there is a demand for their labor. What you are implying, however, is that it is up to employers, rather than society, to set labor standards in our country. With that philosophy, you should also oppose minimum-wage and child-labor laws. It is my contention that your position on illegal immigration is reactionary. LANCE B. SJOGREN San Pedro As an independent thinker with liberal leanings, I have to side with securing the borders from the flood of illegals pouring across as a top priority.
December 1, 2011 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich, whose plan to give permanent residency to illegal immigrants has angered some conservatives, signed a pledge Thursday to build a double fence along the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of 2013. The former House speaker is on a two-campaign visit to Iowa, which will open the voting in the 2012 GOP contest next month and where anti-immigrant sentiment is intense. "We haven't been able to build a fence on the border because we have not been a serious country," said Gingrich, as he prepared to sign the pledge following a morning speech to employees at Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines.
May 6, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Alexandra Zavis
KABUL, Afghanistan  - The Afghan government summoned Pakistan's charge d'affaires in Kabul to the Foreign Ministry on Monday to file a “strong protest” after another clash along the countries' troubled border. The skirmish, which broke out in the morning and lasted a couple of hours, underscored the deteriorating relations between the two countries at a time when U.S. officials are pressing them to step up efforts to reach a settlement with Taliban militants. A statement issued Monday by the Afghan Foreign Ministry accused Pakistan of an “unprovoked attack” Monday against its troops in the Goshta district of Nangarhar province that involved both heavy and light weapons.
November 6, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Responding to a statewide Amber Alert on Wednesday, authorities along the U.S.-Mexico border were watching for the sport utility vehicle belonging to a man believed to have abducted a Bay Area infant. Possible sightings of the SUV -- described as a tan 2004 GMC Envoy with the license plate number 6HIL892 -- have been reported in San Diego. Authorities were searching for 2-week-old Henry Guler-Romero, who was allegedly taken Tuesday by his father, 22-year-old Mesut Guler of Sunnyvale.
December 8, 2010
POP MUSIC MillionYoung / Teen Daze Catch techno wizard Mike Diaz ? who crafts electronic dreamscapes heavy with wistful, wintry elements under the name MillionYoung ? as he pairs up with Pitchfork darling Teen Daze ? who makes shoe-gazey, lo-fi electronica. Spaceland , 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., 8:30 p.m. $10. (323) 661-4380; MOVIES South of the Border The provocative filmmaker Oliver Stone will attend this screening to discuss his "political road movie," in which he traverses South America and Cuba and speaks with leftist political leaders including Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and Raul Castro.
March 12, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Puerto Vallarta , Mexico , is making a comeback with the spring break crowd, according to statistics compiled by Kayak , an aggregator website that searches hundreds of websites.  “We looked at more than 1 billion searches and found Puerto Vallarta stood out as a trending destination,” said Jessica Casano-Anonellis, Kayak spokesperson.  “Compared to the weeks before and after the spring break season, the Mexican beach city's...
May 19, 2013 | By Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO - The families and colleagues of seven Egyptian soldiers who were kidnapped last week in North Sinai kept Egypt's borders with the Gaza Strip closed Sunday for the third day in a row. Nearly 170 demonstrators have gathered inside the walls of the Rafah border crossing to demand the hasty rescue of the seven, vowing to remain in place and increase in numbers until their return. “We swore we would not open this crossing or leave this place until these soldiers come back, whether dead or alive,” said Osama Ali, one of the officers participating in the sit-in.
July 19, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
BEIRUT - As fighting continuing for a fifth day in the Syrian capital, rebels on Thursday stormed major crossings along the Turkish and Iraqi borders that could serve as strategic links for supplies and personnel in the battle to oust President Bashar Assad. Opposition activists said rebels took control of the Turkish border crossing of Bab Hawa, along the main road to Aleppo, Syria's second-largest city. Rebels also reportedly seized several border posts along the Iraqi frontier, including the Abu Kamal gate near the Iraqi town of Qaim, a major transit point into Syria.
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