FROM Franc Contreras
Immigration from Mexico Slows For 30 years, conditions in Mexico produced a flood of illegal immigrants to the United States. Now that flood has been reduced to a trickle, and it's not just because of harsh new state laws or stepped-up border enforcement. We hear about education, investment and the astonishing drop in illegal immigration to the United States.
Why Are Mexicans Staying Home? In the 1990's, conditions in Mexico produced a flood of illegal immigrants to the United States. Harsh new state laws, tougher border enforcement and criminal gangs make crossing into the US without papers a lot harder than it used to be. But 90 percent of the Mexicans who want to cross illegally can actually make it. So why has the flood of illegal immigrants been reduced to a trickle? The biggest reason is education, producing more children with greater skills than their parents. With investment creating new jobs, they want to stay home. Mexico has by no means solved all its problems, but it's changing fast — with not just one, but two middle classes. We hear what it all means for the US.
The Swine Flu, Here and in Mexico Governor Schwarzenegger says there's no need for alarm, but he's declared a flu emergency , promising state support for local health agencies. In Los Angeles County, the Director of the Public Health Department says an outbreak is "inevitable." In Mexico City, 150 are believed to have died from the flu. Restaurants and cafes are now serving takeout food only. Schools are closed and public gatherings are restricted.
Mexico Under Siege: Can Calderon Rein in the Cartels? The Bush Administration wants to send helicopters, planes and inspection scanners to help Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon crack down on drug cartels. But members of both parties in Congress have their doubts based in part on reports of corruption at the local, state and federal levels. Today's WWLA is a re-cut edition of this morning's To The Point . Photo Credit: Mexico's President Felipe Calderon By: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Mexico Under Siege: Can Calderon Rein in the Cartels? Mexican President Felipe Calderón's crackdown on drug cartels has been met with brutal violence, including the beheadings of local police. His third-ranking public official was assassinated in Mexico City, and a federal policeman is one of those accused in the killing. Calderón calls these "acts of desperation" that prove the success of his efforts. The Bush Administration wants to send helicopters, planes and inspection scanners to help Calderón, but members of both parties in Congress have their doubts. Others say Mexico is beginning to look like Colombia. Should the US help Calderón fight his drug war, bolster the rule of law or use the money to protect its own border? What about curbing demand and supplies of illegal weapons?
Drug Cartels Assassinate Top Mexican Law Enforcement Mexico's fight against organized crime has claimed 1000 lives in the past year; 25 police officers have been gunned down since the first of this month, nine of them federal agents. But one killing rattled the country more than any other. Federal Police Chief Édgar Millán Gómez was gunned down last Thursday by a man waiting for him in his apartment. Six people have since been arrested, as President Felipe Calderón urges unity against organized crime. Frank Contreras, who reports for BBC Radio and Al Jazeera English, has more on an increasingly bloody battle .
Mexico's Lopez Obrador Is Not Going Quietly All the elements are in place for big trouble in the aftermath of Mexico's disputed presidential election. Manuel López Obrador appears to have lost to conservative Felipe Calderón , but says he'll declare himself the "legitimate" president of a "parallel" government. His claim that the official vote count was fraudulent has been rejected unanimously by the nation's top electoral court . The leftist supporters of the former Mayor of Mexico City already occupy the public venues where the conservative current president, Vicente Fox, plans traditional ceremonies on Friday. Can López Obrador make political life impossible and force another election? If Fox exerts his authority, will there be violence? What's the possible fallout North of the border?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?