Here are the articles that we judge the most important of the week.
Missing In Mexico
NPR: "Recently, Citizens' Institute for the Study of Insecurity announced that Mexico has the second-highest kidnapping rate of any country in the world — three times higher than Colombia during its darkest period of drug violence, and second only to Venezuela. ... The study also provides some insight into the skyrocketing rates of violence that have accompanied President Felipe Calderon's war on drugs, and the security forces' impotence — or worse, complicity — that has allowed the violence to escalate.
How to Be a Patriot: Hire an Illegal Immigrant
BusinessWeek: "What makes the political impasse over immigration particularly frustrating is that hiring an illegal alien is good for the illegal alien, good for the U.S. economy, and good for the country he or she comes from. So what’s not to like? In cases like this, there is only one moral course available for true patriots: Go find an illegal to hire.
Teachers in middle of debate over immigrant kids
The story focuses on two school administrators in Mountain View, California, who helped Jose Antonio Vargas get into college.
The Associated Press: "When an award-winning journalist recently revealed he's an illegal immigrant, two of the key players in his tale turned out to be educators who helped keep his secret. It's the kind of story teachers and principals scattered across the country know well. With some 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., educators increasingly find themselves caught between their obligation to educate each child and conflicting guidance, or simply no direction at all, about whether to help such students beyond the classroom.
Mexico high court rules civilian courts should handle alleged military abuses
Hurrah! Perhaps the ancient Hispanic tradition of military "fueros"--immunity from trial in civil courts--is coming to an end.
Judge Orders Feds to Cough Up More Info on 'Secure Communities' Program
More Mexicans fleeing the drug war seek U.S. asylum
Among the wave of panic-stricken asylum seekers are the muckraking journalists who chronicle brutal gang warfare in Ciudad Juarez and Mexico's northern Chihuahua state, the police officers tasked with curbing the violence, and the rights campaigners clamoring for justice."