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Skeletons of the Housing Crisis

In Baja California, tens of thousands of houses stand abandoned as the casualties of recent crisis.  Of the inventory of empty homes, between 19,000 and 20,000 of the units were financed by Infonavit, the Mexican federal agency that provides housing for maquiladora and other low-income workers. In a bid to recuperate the housing stock, Infonavit…
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New Mexico-Chihuahua Border Brouhaha

Special Report In the aftermath of a media blitz staged by the state governments of New Mexico and Chihuahua to jointly promote the development of the emerging Jeronimo-Santa Teresa borderplex,  a sharp polemic over the project has rekindled in Ciudad Juarez. Reinitiated by the Mexican city’s El Diario newspaper,  the debate swirls around the possible…
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Inter-American Commission Probes Lawyer’s Death

The Washington, D.C.-based Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has accepted the case of a  Mexican human rights lawyer who died under questionable circumstances in 2001. Lawyers for the family of Digna Ochoa y Placido confirmed that the IACHR has agreed to consider a complaint against the Mexican government because of an official investigation that…
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Migrants, Homeless Face Eviction

Officials in the northern Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo are expected to evict homeless residents of the downtown quarter soon. Juan Ernesto Rivera Gomez, civil protection director, said the operation will proceed with the participation of the local fire department and Tamaulipas state police. Rivera said between 30 and 40 men have erected a…
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Firm Action on Obesity Crisis Urged

Mexican health advocates are calling for far-reaching changes and greater coordination in tackling a public health crisis that is taking thousands of lives and costing billions of dollars every year. “The damage is done.  We have a lost generation,” said Dr. Abelardo Avila, researcher with the Salvador Zubiran National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition….
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Defending the History and Culture of Ciudad Juarez

In the crisis-ridden rubble of downtown Ciudad Juarez, a group of citizens is arising to restore the cultural vitality and legacy of the Mexican border city. Called Juaritos de mis Recuerdos, or Juarez of My Memories, the year-old organization staged a demonstration August 4 in front of one of the historic buildings it proposes to…
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Mexican Army, Self-Defense Forces Clash

Conflicts between the Mexican army and civilian self-defense organizations erupted this week in the Pacific coastal states of Guerrero and Michoacan. On Monday, August 5, more than 3,000 inhabitants of the Costa Chica region of Guerrero blockaded a rural highway and effectively prevented scores of  soldiers from leaving the zone. The confrontation flared after the…
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The Mothers’ Long Road to Justice

Editor’s Note: The second in a series of articles about border gender violence. Today’s feature was made possible in part by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council. FNS Special Feature Rosa Maria Gallegos had trouble telling her two grandsons about how their mother really died. In 1998 Gallegos’ 23-year-old daughter, Rocio Barraza Gallegos…
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Immigrant Advocates Score Major Legal Wins

While a comprehensive immigration reform waned in the U.S. Congress, significant developments on the immigration front occurred in the courts in July. In three back-to-back decisions, federal courts struck down state or local laws that attempted to regulate housing, employment and other matters based on a person’s immigration status. On Friday, July 26, the U.S….
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Comments Sought on NAFTA and the Environment

Nearing the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),  the trinational commission in charge of the trade pact’s environmental side agreement is  seeking public input on 20 years of expanded trade and its ecological impacts. In a call for comments, the Montreal-based Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is seeking written information and…
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