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Mexican workers battle firings, peso-pinching

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Mexican workers in the northern border and Gulf Coast regions staged separate protests this past week over wages, firings, union representation, and allegations of no profit-sharing.

Political developments chill immigration reform

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In new signs that prospects for immigration reform legislation are all but dead for now, developments in both state and national arenas have pushed a solution to the issue farther down the political tracks.

For starters, Texas Republicans readopted a tough stance at the party’s convention in Fort Worth last weekend. Drawing more than 7,000 delegates, the Lone Star GOP convention voted to remove a 2012 position statement known as the “Texas Solution” which backed a guest worker system for undocumented people. 

Juárez Valley strives for recovery

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Travelers headed south of Elephant Butte Reservoir in New Mexico might have noticed a full, flowing Rio Grande in recent days. The coveted water was on its way to Mexico where, under a binational 1906 treaty, the U.S. is annually obligated to deliver 74 million cubic meters of the liquid. Once past the border, the water is used for irrigating farmland in the Juarez Valley of Chihuahua state, which encompasses the municipalities of Praxedis C. Guerrero, Guadalupe, Distrito Bravos and Juárez.

The Rio Grande, or Rio Bravo, as it's known in Mexico, flows along the border, carrying water to farmers in the Juárez Valley.

The Rio Grande, or Rio Bravo, as it’s known in Mexico, flows along the border, carrying water to farmers in the Juárez Valley.

Long known for its fertile farmland as well as contraband corridors, the Juarez Valley was one of the hardest hit areas in the so-called narco war, especially between 2008 and 2010 when thousands of residents fled their homes and abandoned farm land.  Many sought refuge in Hudspeth County, Texas, just across the Rio Grande.

Boomer expatriates demand security in Mexico

The Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende is a popular destination for U.S. retirees and other expatriates. (Photo courtesy of Jiuguang Wang via flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

The Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende is a popular destination for U.S. retirees and other expatriates. (Photo courtesy of Jiuguang Wang via flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

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Foreign-born residents joined Mexican nationals in a recent demonstration demanding security for a storied but troubled town. Dressed in white and carrying candles, about 400 people staged a silent march late last week through San Miguel de Allende in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato.

Albuquerque protesters jailed

Kent Paterson

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For the second time in less than one month, the regularly-scheduled  Albuquerque City Council meeting was abruptly canceled due to ongoing protests over fatal police shootings and other instances of alleged police brutality.

This reporter was barred entry into Albuquerque City Hall by two officers around 5 pm on Monday, June 2, as the meeting was set to get underway. Asked their reason for preventing entrance into a public meeting the officers only said that nobody was allowed in the building and that the meeting had been canceled.

Border Patrol revises use-of-force policy

U.S. Border Patrol agents in formation on all-terrain vehicles along the U.S.-Mexico Border.  (Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection via flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

U.S. Border Patrol agents in formation on all-terrain vehicles along the U.S.-Mexico Border. (Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection via flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

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In one of his first actions as the new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, R. Gil Kerlikowske has unveiled a revised use of force handbook for field agents.

The updated handbook is based on recommendations and reviews of use of force practices by CBP officers that were conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that studies policing and advises law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.

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