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August 3, 2003 | Eric Pape, Eric Pape last wrote for the magazine about three lawyers who chose to defend accused terrorists and war criminals.
It all seems so familiar: a rectangular park with uneven grass where men with Mexican accents kick soccer balls, shoot basketballs and kiss their girlfriends or wives. Nearby, bodegas sell dried chiles, mole, chipotle salsa and cheap, poorly printed tabloids with scantily clad women on the covers. Families unite on weekend afternoons over ceviche, enchiladas and sopes, and laborers take breaks over warm-weather beers in front of paintings depicting Aztec deities and fields of corn.
June 25, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Three years after Marie Elise West became the first person in Los Angeles County to face execution for allegedly committing a hate crime, prosecutors said they will not seek the death penalty against her. West, 38, who has a history of mental illness, is charged with running down Jesus Plascencia, 65, in her car and killing him in the parking lot of a Van Nuys bagel shop Sept. 1, 2000. Witnesses allege that West used racial epithets in referring to her victim, a Mexican immigrant.
May 23, 2003 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
A congressional advocate of curbs on immigration was criticized Thursday for using an "anti-Hispanic" prop at a news conference to denounce the widening acceptance of Mexican identification cards. Rep. Thomas G. Tancredo (R-Colo.) and several of his colleagues stood beside a large poster to dramatize their concern that more than 1 million IDs issued by Mexican consulates -- and accepted in this country by many local authorities and banks -- are a form of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
January 30, 2003 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
A top congressional proponent of restricting immigration Wednesday launched a campaign to block the growing acceptance of identification cards issued by Mexican consulates to immigrants in the United States. The photo ID cards, issued to more than 1 million Mexican immigrants last year alone and accepted by Los Angeles and many other local governments, are helping the undocumented stay in America, said Rep. Thomas G. Tancredo (R-Colo.).
At least 14 Mexican immigrants have died and more than 100 have been rescued in separate incidents across southern Arizona since Thursday, the U.S. Border Patrol said Monday. The latest fatalities were reported Monday, and involved a male and female who apparently succumbed to triple-digit temperatures near Tucson, said Ryan Scudder, a spokesman for the Border Patrol's Tucson sector, which covers 84,000 square miles.
May 1, 2002
Authorities Tuesday executed a one-legged murderer after denying him a request to be fitted with a prosthetic device so he could walk to his death "like a man." Rodolfo Hernandez, 52, who received a last-minute temporary reprieve from execution last month so he could give police information about unsolved murders, was pushed into the death row prison Huntsville in a wheelchair.
March 3, 2002 | From Associated Press
The Mexican government has fired two immigration officials for deporting seven fellow citizens who could not produce official citizenship documents. The officials apparently thought the seven were from Guatemala. The fired officials could also face criminal charges, Mexico's Migration Institute said. The two officials worked at a migration office in the border state of Sonora, across from Arizona.
As many as half a million Mexicans could migrate to the U.S. annually by 2030 if Mexico's economic growth continues at a creep over the next several decades, according to a newly released report by the Mexican National Population Council. The net flow of immigrants over the southern U.S. border would rise by 42% from current levels if economic growth holds at 1.5%.
November 29, 2001 | Chris Kraul
Cash remittances from Mexican immigrants in the United States continued to grow over the third quarter, rather than decline as some immigration experts expected. The Mexican central bank said remittances were $2.358 billion in the quarter, up 40% from a year ago. Remittances now represent Mexico's second-largest source of foreign exchange after oil sales. Total remittances for 2001 are on pace to top $9 billion, compared with $6.28 billion last year.
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