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Mexico News and Analysis: July 18-24, 2011

1 - PRISON LABOR AND PRIVATE DONATIONS TO BUILD BORDER WALL IN ARIZONA
2 - WTO SUPPORTS MEXICAN TUNA COMPLAINT
3 - THREE HUNDRED PGR OFFICERS CHARGED OR FIRED
4 - LA FAMILIA REORGANIZES AS KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
5 - CHIAPAS POLITICAL PRISONERS RELEASED
6 - GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

PRISON LABOR AND PRIVATE DONATIONS TO BUILD BORDER WALL IN ARIZONA
An Arizona law that took effect July 20 allows state authorities to build their own border wall using donations from private citizens and prison labor.  Officials must also obtain permission from private landowners to allow construction on their land.  Donations can be made through a web site, and officials hope to raise US$50 million.  Steve Smith, the Republican state senator who sponsored the law, is appealing to donors across the US with racist comments like “those people don’t just stay in Arizona; they infiltrate the rest of the country.”

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