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US Senate candidate urges Mexico reforms

Oct. 11, 2004 at 4:39 PM

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A candidate for the U.S. Senate Monday called on Mexico to improve its economy and, therefore, reduce illegal immigration to the United States.

Republican Bill Jones, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer for one of California's two Senate seats, said Mexico needed to improve its education, reduce corruption and improve its investment climate in order to create more jobs for Mexican citizens who currently look to the United States for their futures.

In remarks to the California Narcotics Officers' Association, Jones said labor and energy costs were interfering with business productivity, while excessive taxes were sapping Mexico of its internal investment capital.

Jones also maintained California officials weren't out of line in calling for Mexico to change its internal policies because California bears enormous costs from illegal immigration.

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