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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2001 | OFELIA CASILLAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities are searching for the family of a 12-year-old Mexican girl who said she was kidnapped and raped after being dropped off in the San Fernando Valley three weeks ago. The girl told authorities that she and her mother were separated at the border after they were smuggled into California from Mexico. She said the smuggler, who brought her to the Los Angeles area, dropped her off at a Valley fast-food restaurant.
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BUSINESS
May 7, 2005 | From Associated Press
Mexicans living abroad sent more than $4 billion home in the first quarter, a 20% increase over the same period a year before, the Bank of Mexico said. The remittances, the majority from migrants living in the U.S., are Mexico's second-largest source of foreign income after oil.
WORLD
August 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexicans who make short trips across the border and have passed security checks will be allowed to visit the United States for up to 30 days instead of the current three-day limit, U.S. government officials said. The 30-day limit will be available to Mexicans who hold so-called laser visas, which require background checks and other security measures, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) confirmed. The Homeland Security Department declined to comment.
OPINION
September 5, 2010 | By Richard Rodriguez
Between cynicism and hypocrisy lies the 2,000-mile U.S.- Mexico border. America is raising a wall in the desert to separate Mexican drug exporters from American drug consumers, to separate Latin American peasants who will work for low wages from the Americans who would hire them. The Great Wall of America, straddling less than half the length of the border, descends into canyons and across the desert floor. For the Mexican, it represents a high hurdle. For the American, it is an attempt to stop the Roadrunner's progress with an Acme Border Sealing Kit. In some places the wall is made of tennis-court-style cyclone fencing or dark mesh of the sort used for barbeque grills in public parks.
WORLD
August 29, 2012 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - In the midst of a violent drug war, President Felipe Calderon fired crooked cops by the hundreds, and hired new ones - rigorously vetted and college educated - by the thousands. Salaries were doubled, new standards imposed and officers were subjected to extensive background checks. A trustworthy federal police force was to be one of the most important legacies of Calderon's six-year term. And yet, just months before he is to leave office in December, the president found himself apologizing "profoundly" this week for an incident in which federal police allegedly opened fire on an SUV with diplomatic plates, injuring two Americans.
WORLD
July 27, 2003 | From Reuters
With unemployment levels at a four-year high, the government on Saturday urged Mexicans to create their own jobs, even if that means just making tacos or baking cakes at home. Economy Minister Fernando Canales said in a national radio address that the government would use federal funds to help people who came up with good ideas for jobs. "Simple ones are no less important: Set up a taco stall, a hairdressers' salon, bake cakes at home ... products that give you added value," Canales said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2001
Re "Mexico, Fair-Weather Friend," by Gregory Rodriguez, Opinion, Oct. 14: Mexico's tepid support of the U.S. at this time of crisis should come as no real surprise. Mexico has never viewed the U.S. as a friend, much less an ally. The U.S. has never been anything but a pressure-release valve for Mexico's disenfranchised indigenous Indian and mestizo population, which Mexico is happy to export. The upper-caste descendants of the Spaniards who currently rule Mexico are delighted to see their impoverished native populations flock to El Norte, where they get employment, free education and medical care and, what's more, then send their meager earnings back to Mexico.
WORLD
June 29, 2005 | Chris Kraul and Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writers
Mexico's Congress approved landmark legislation Tuesday giving citizens outside the country the right to vote by mail in presidential elections, a measure expected to have a significant effect on next year's contest. The overwhelming 455-6 vote to initiate balloting-by-mail capped a years-long internal debate. Skeptics fear that ballots sent through the mail might be stolen, manipulated or, given Mexico's unreliable mail service, never arrive.
NEWS
March 13, 1990 | CHARLES HILLINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They come from all over Mexico--by bus, train, car, truck, even airplane--to shop for bargains at Las Palmas Swap Meet in this American border town. It has become such a phenomenon that late last year, a Mexico City television station sent a news crew to do a feature on why so many Mexicans were traveling such great distances to spend their money at the Calexico swap meet. The reasons, say vendors and patrons, are basic--good prices and good selection.
NEWS
May 18, 1991 | Associated Press
Lupita Jones of Mexicali, Mexico, was crowned the new Miss Universe on Friday night as hundreds of her countrymen cheered wildly at the televised pageant held on the glitzy Las Vegas Strip. The 23-year-old beat out 20-year-old Paulien Huizinga of the Netherlands and 18-year-old Yulia Lemigova of the Soviet Union, a crowd favorite, who was the second runner-up.
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