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December 4, 2000
While I oppose the shooting of unarmed, fleeing illegal immigrants at the border, Agustin Gurza overlooked some important facts in his Nov. 28 column. The illegal immigrants in question are taking unfair advantage of their proximity to the U.S. to enter the country before other immigrants who wait to enter legally. The illegal immigrant who bled to death was the eldest of 16 children and already a father himself. I know many people in this country who would love to have more children but do not, because they are responsible enough to realize that they cannot afford to feed, educate and give additional children a quality life.
September 25, 2006
Re "Fencing over immigration," editorial, Sept. 21 I am appalled that politicians would use my tax dollars to build fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. Studies have shown that border security measures do not stem the flow of illegal immigration; they only make it more likely that people will die in the process of trying to cross. We need courageous lawmakers to offer solutions that value not only the contribution that hardworking immigrants make to this country's industry and economy but also the humanity of people who come here, usually as economic refugees.
August 26, 1993
California Congresswoman Jane Harman in her article "Not This Treaty and Not Now" (Aug. 2) said, "The short term matters, and in the short term NAFTA could be a disaster for American workers." It stands to reason that with wages for production workers in the U.S. at $14.83, compared with $1.85 for Mexico, plus the almost total lack of enforcement of safety and environmental standards in Mexico, the U.S. will suffer a dramatic loss in jobs. Nor am I sure of the long-term benefits.
May 23, 1989 | PATRICK McDONNELL, Times Staff Writer
More than four months after it was taken out of action for "re-evaluation" after a shooting that prompted protests, an anti-crime squad that operates along the U.S.-Mexico border will be redeployed, San Diego police said Monday. Police said they will institute several major changes in the unit--apparently intended to reduce the risk that officers will be mistaken for aliens and attacked by robbers, which police say has been the primary cause of the shootings. The unit also will begin operations without members of the U. S. Border Patrol, whose officers had participated in the unusual squad for five years until it was put on hold last January.
April 5, 2010 | By Tony Perry and Tracy Wilkinson
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocked Mexico's Baja California peninsula Sunday, jolting millions of people from Los Angeles and San Diego to Phoenix and scattering destruction along the U.S.-Mexico border. Emergency services in both the U.S. and Mexico scrambled to assess the extent of casualties and damage, including fallen buildings, buckled roads, cracked water canals, fires and telephone and electrical outages. It appeared that most of the damage was in the twin border cities of Calexico, Calif.
May 12, 1989 | MAUREEN FAN, Times Staff Writer
The 36 National Guardsmen who have been posted at the Otay Mesa border crossing to aid U. S. Customs officials as a help in stopping drug smuggling drew harsh criticism Thursday from some Latino community members. They called the move a step toward militarization of the border. Spokesmen for the National Guard and the U. S. Customs Service refused to provide details on how long the operation will last or exactly how many troops were posted, saying it would compromise security. The unarmed guardsmen have been inspecting containers and truck cargo, not private cars, in the joint operation.
September 24, 2009 | Richard Marosi
The three drivers moved through traffic toward the U.S. border crossing, their vans packed with about 70 immigrants who stayed hushed as canine units patrolled outside. Mauricio Cantera, a 59-year-old grandfather who sells churros to crossers, said the vans probably passed inches from his tray of sweets Tuesday afternoon, but he didn't notice anything amiss. Having worked the crossing for decades, he said smuggling runs through the San Ysidro Port of Entry are common. What happened next, however, wasn't.
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