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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 13, 1997
Two art museums, one in New York's Harlem and the other in San Francisco, have joined forces in an exhibition on the influence of Mexican muralists on African American artists. The California Afro-American Museum in Exposition Park will display more than 100 Mexican and African American artworks normally shown at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Mexican Museum in San Francisco.
September 29, 1991
Why do people pretend that there is something exotic about Chicanos? The Mexican peasant from Zacatecas who brought his family over here and is now working in a factory, his kids in school, has not turned into something weird. There is no difference between any of us--our ancestors are Marti, Bolivar and Hidalgo. Sorry, but just because Ronnie Garcia speaks little Spanish does not make his ancestor George Washington. The reason it is all so very confusing, of course, is that some of these Mexico City high-lifers have come to have a good time and make money and relate only to that part of the powers that be that will pay attention to them.
July 9, 2005
Re "Who Cares Where They Vote?" Opinion, July 3: I'm not sure on what grounds Wayne A. Cornelius makes his assertion that expatriate Mexicans living in the U.S. have little interest in politics in Mexico and thus will not "overwhelm Mexico in 2006." If recent elections, particularly the Los Angeles mayoral elections, are any indication of the participation of the Latino electorate, then expatriates will see the power of the vote. It is not just the most recent undocumented immigrants that have strong ties to Mexico that will vote.
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