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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.
April 19, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Lomas de Chapultepec, a neighborhood of huge homes behind high stone and brick walls, wakes up each morning to the sound of sweeping. As the dawn's dark fades to light, servants emerge from behind gates and, with witches' brooms, brush away the leaves and twigs and lavender jacaranda petals that have fallen overnight. Maids in pastel uniforms, security guards, gardeners and chauffeurs — these are the public denizens of this super-rich enclave. The actual homeowners and permanent residents are rarely seen.
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.
July 5, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Every morning during television coverage of the World Cup, on the Mexican equivalent of the "Today" show, co-hosts chat, trade barbs and yuck it up. Behind them, actors in blackface makeup, dressed in fake animal skins and wild "Afro" wigs, gyrate, wave spears and pretend to represent a cartoonish version of South Africa. Yes, in the 21st century, blackface characters on a major television network. But this is Mexico, and definitions of racism are complicated and influenced by the country's own tortured relationship with invading powers and indigenous cultures.
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