Illegal Immigration: Diplomacy and Economics

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As the Senate debates immigration reform, President Bush is attending a North American summit meeting in Canc--n, Mexico. Mexico itself is coming to terms with a northward movement so massive it's creating ghost towns empty of men, women and children. The $20 billion migrants send home every year is that country's second source of revenue after oil--and ahead of tourism. We hear what Mexico's doing to improve conditions enough that Mexicans will stay home. What would it take to make a temporary guest worker program successful? Could either Mexico or the United States afford major change in things as they are today? We hear from journalists at the summit, economists, international policy analysts, and Mexican legislators.
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Christian Science Monitor on Carroll's release

President Bush meets with Mexican President Vicente Fox in Canc--n

Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (HR 4437)

The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005 (S 1033, Kennedy-McCain)

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Dellios' article on immigration as top item on summit agenda

International Relations Center on immigration

Department of Transportation on new fuel-economy standards

Wald's article on US raising fuel economy standards



Warren Olney