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September 11, 2001

Editorials
U.S.-Mexico immigration policy
Mexican President Vicente Fox came to Washington last week and surprised President Bush with a challenge: Complete an agreement on immigration policy changes between the United States and Mexico by the end of the year. The Bush administration, which had raised expectations for an agreement in earlier discussions with Mexico, lowered expectations this time.

Polluted science
A study dominated by ideological critics of environmental regulations in the Clean Water Act reflects badly on the National Academy of Sciences.

Letters
Expansion of voucher program causes concern
Re: Florida voucher program surges, Sept. 5.  

Perspective
Taking jobs, alienating customers
For weeks Americans have been told that the outsourcing of high-tech jobs is good for our economy. So said Greg Mankiw, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers in a recent report signed by President Bush. So, too, writes Thomas Friedman of the New York Times in articles praising the rise of call centers in India used for everything from making airline reservations and reading medical X-ray films to providing tech support for American computer firms.

Philip Gailey: Democrats fall off campaign finance reform wagon
Well, what do you know. Soft money is back, and it's making hypocrites of all those Democrats who fervently championed the McCain-Feingold campaign reform law, not to mention those Republicans who objected to the law's restrictions on issue advocacy.

Bill Maxwell: Who is for the farm worker?
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is touting legislation to improve the lives of Florida's 300,000-plus farm workers, who endure institutional and systemic injustices each day in our fields and groves and their personal lives.

Robyn E. Blumner: For some defendants, an American gulag
In Bernard Malamud's masterpiece The Fixer, inmate Yakov Bok was subjected to psychological torture in a Soviet gulag through the humiliations of constant shackling and repeated strip searches.


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