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October 23, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Ventura County supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to accept a Mexican-issued identification card as valid ID for residents conducting business at county government offices. "It really makes me proud of the board to see this vote," said board Chairman John Flynn, who brought the proposal to his colleagues. Flynn's Oxnard-based district has the county's largest immigrant population.
August 15, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A Mexican national suspected of involvement in a shootout in which a National Park Service ranger was killed was charged with transporting bullets into the U.S. U.S. Magistrate Bernardo Velasco ordered Dionicio Ramirez Lopez, 20, held after he waived a preliminary hearing in Tucson.
June 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Police here will accept a national identification card from Mexican citizens stopped by officers. Police Chief Jerry Dyer and Mexican Consul Jaime Paz y Puente endorsed a "memorandum of understanding" on Thursday that had been a year in the making. They called it a major step toward better communication with Mexican nationals -- especially crime victims.
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.
May 14, 2004 | From Associated Press
Gov. Brad Henry commuted the death sentence of a convicted murderer from Mexico to life without parole Thursday in a case in which state and foreign officials alike said the inmate's life should be spared. The move came as the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals voted 3 to 2 to give Osbaldo Torres, 29, an indefinite stay of execution. It granted Torres' request for a lower-court hearing on the state's failure to inform him of his right to contact the Mexican consulate after his arrest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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