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20 Years of Border Femicide

Editor’s note: Part one in a series about border gender violence. Today’s article was made possible in part by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council. FNS Special Feature With a warm smile beaming across her face, Ana Alarcon recalls waiting for her daughter Esmeralda at the bus stop every day. In the proud…
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Mexico’s Immigration Policies under Renewed Fire

Mexican immigrant advocates and their supporters are ramping up demands for changes in the country’s immigration policies. For starters, 50 civil society organizations are calling for the dismissal of National Migration Institute (INM) Commissioner Ardelio Vargas Fosado, the new head of the federal agency responsible for enforcing Mexican immigration law. Citing Vargas’  long career in…
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Lead, Arsenic Contamination in Sunland Park

Editor’s note:  This special feature is the latest installment in our series on government and the low-income border communities in New Mexico called colonias.  Today’s piece examines the issue of lead and arsenic contamination in Sunland Park, a low-income, predominantly Spanish-speaking and immigrant community bordering Mexico in the southern part of  Dona Ana County. This…
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Mexican Diplomatic Continuity with NAFTA Partners

With little opposition, the Mexican Senate ratified this week the nomination of Eduardo Medina Mora as Mexico’s new ambassador to the United States. In a presentation to the Senate’s foreign affairs commission broadcast on the Congress Channel, Medina sketched out his views on the parameters, problems and promises of the Mexico-U.S. relationship.  A longtime mover…
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The Skeletons in Calderon’s Closet

As outgoing Mexican president Felipe Calderon prepares to enter the Ivory Tower of Harvard, skeletons are rattling the walls of Mexico during the last few days of his administration. Within the past week, Mexican authorities have recovered the remains of scores of  murder victims from mass grave sites situated in different regions of  the country….
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New Mexico, Border Election Highlights and Hassles

Like the majority of U.S. voters, New Mexicans handed President Barack Obama another four-year term this week and returned control of the Senate to the Democrats, with the victory of Democrat Martin Heinrich over former Republican Congresswoman Heather Wilson in the New Mexico race helping seal the national deal. Nonetheless, the composition of the state’s…
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