Tuesday, May 10, 2005


That "giant sucking sound" you hear isn't the jobs that Ross Perot warned we'd lose to Mexico due to NAFTA. It's from all the cash Mexico is collecting from illegals working on this side of the border, says Investor's Business Daily (IBD).

Funds sent home from Mexican immigrants, both legal and illegal, now outstrip revenues from foreign investors and tourism in Mexico. And "migradollars" are on course to surpass even revenues from Pemex, the state oil company, making them the country's largest source of income.


Revenues from Mexican workers in the United States are critical to Mexico's economy, accounting for nearly one-fifth of its gross domestic product (GDP).

They've grown at a 17.6 percent annual clip over the past decade -- thanks to an explosion of illegal immigration -- and are expected to grow by more than 20 percent a year over the next decade.

U.S. banks are offering Mexican workers ATM cards -- such as Wachovia's Dinero Directo card -- that make it easier for them to transfer money home to relatives; this year they'll wire as much as $20 billion in cash.

For lucky recipients south of the border, where the average wage is below $2 an hour, remittances account for 80 percent of household income.

Mexican President Vicente Fox is also hoping to get assistance for worker's retirement, by pushing a totalization deal with President Bush to permit even Mexicans who have worked in this country illegally to draw U.S. Social Security benefits, says IBD.

The best way to promote reform south of us (to say nothing of Social Security) is to secure our borders -- remember 9-11?-- and pressure Mexico to fix its economy, says IBD.

Source: Editorial, " America: Mexico's ATM," Investor's Business Daily, May 9, 2005.

The best way to reform Mexico is to secure our borders and pressure it to fix its own economy.


At 3:11 PM, Blogger Sick Boy said...

I, for one, when I was younger and actually watch SNL, belly laughed at Dana Carvey's impersonation of old Ross. I'll admit it. As I have matured, I have grown even more conservative; the jokes aren't so funny anymore. It is an invasion of the worst kind; one can repel an overt, violent act, it is harder to repel a movement based in emotion and guilt tripping. Has the Internationalist taken America while we slept? Insects flock to a dying tree. Boring holes, laying eggs, strip the bark, chew through roots until the tree falls. I am all for legal immigration, my family immigrated from Nova Scotia and Czechoslovakia in 1896 and 1898 respectively. We aren't border jumping, social handout whores. Liberalism is killing our country. I formally request a stay of execution.

At 10:52 PM, Blogger jgp said...

What is your problem here Pat, according to you the ILLEGALS are doing us a service taking the jobs that none of us are willing to do.

Jeesh, you want it both ways.

What do you really stand for?


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