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A guide to immigration reform: Facts and figures Print E-mail

ImageThis may be the year Congress decides what to do about the millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. After years of gridlock, there are ideas whizzing all around Washington.

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House rejects 2013 $500 billion Farm Bill Print E-mail
ImageThe U.S. House of Representatives rejected the 2013 farm bill Thursday as conservatives joined with many Democrats to oppose the five-year, $500 billion proposal.The legislation required a simple majority, or 218 votes, to pass but the vote was 234-195 against.
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Better Lives for Mexicans Cut Allure of Going North Print E-mail

Economic, demographic and social changes in Mexico are suppressing illegal immigration as much as the poor economy or legal crackdowns in the United States.  The extraordinary Mexican migration that delivered millions  of illegal immigrants to the United States over the past 30 years has sputtered to a trickle, and research points to a surprising cause: unheralded changes in Mexico that have made staying home more attractive.

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Mexico and the U.S. Agree to Terms on Trucking Deal Print E-mail

Currently tractor-trailers entering the U.S. from Mexico are limited to traveling within a 20 to 25-mile radius of ports of entry, as are U.S. trucks traveling in to Mexico. That comes despite the cross-border, long haul trucking program included as an original provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement signed in 1994.

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How Slavery Helped Build a World Economy Print E-mail

African peoples were captured and transported to the Americas to work. Most European colonial economies in the Americas from the 16th through the 19th century were dependent on enslaved African labor for their survival. According to European colonial officials, the abundant land they had "discovered" in the Americas was useless without sufficient labor to exploit it. Slavery systems of labor exploitation were preferred, but neither European nor Native American sources proved adequate to the task.

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