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When George Bush said Mexico was America-s most important ally, Vicente Fox had high hopes for major immigration reform. Then, came September 11 and, as America refocused its attention on homeland security, the two presidents- backslapping friendship began to fade. Now, despite Mexico-s recent independence in the UN Security Council, which irked the White House, Colin Powell is in Mexico, with John Ashcroft to follow. Can the US secure its borders and regularize the flow of immigrant workers at the same time? We hear about America-s efforts to get back on track with its most populous neighbor from a pollster in Mexico City, a Latin America expert from the University of California San Diego, a former INS commissioner, and former Senator Alan Simpson, who chaired the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Policy.
  • Newsmaker: Will Labor Deal Bring Peace to West Coast Ports?
    Months in the making, dockworkers and shippers have finally reached a labor agreement at West Coast ports. Federal mediators intervened between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association after President Bush invoked the Taft-Hartley act in October. Nancy Cleeland, who covers labor issues for the LA Times, has details on the new six-year contract.

International Longshore and Warehouse Union

Pacific Maritime Association

Presidency of Mexico

North American Free Trade Agreement

Producers:
Frances Anderton

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