On a heavy day for foreign-related coverage, a trio of overseas features had a globalization angle. For ABC's A Closer Look Sharyn Alfonsi told us that the high cost of fuel was increasing the shipping expense of freight for imports. As a consequence some manufacturing jobs that had been outsourced to China were returning home, to be in closer trucking distance to domestic markets. On NBC's In Depth, Maria Schiavocampo acknowledged that increased spending on the Border Patrol had made some contribution to slowing the influx of illegal immigrants at the Tijuana crossing but she also pointed out that a weakening economy has dried up the demand for Mexican labor. Michelle Kosinski filed a What Works feature for NBC on a booming export business to resource-poor China, a country that lacks forests and metals and oil. Recyclers are cashing in, selling piles of waste paper trash and flattened aluminum cans and crushed plastic bottles.
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