Many people do not know what that phrase means. They do not understand that the reason there are immigrants from Mexico, and Central America in the USA working is so they can send money home to
help their family. Some are escaping the fear of death from countries in Central America where the war on drugs promoted by the USA, failed miserable and totally destabilized the entire country and area. But for the most part they want to make a better life for themselves and their families.
It seems from things I read recently by very angry people about immigrants that they have no clue why
these people are in the USA or what they do while they are there.
Let's start with remittances.
This is a typical scene at the beginning of the month. They are there to withdraw money sent home by fathers, husbands, brothers, young men and women also, who are sending money home to help. The main
reason they went to the states in the first place. To find work to make money.
The average transaction is not large. About $293.73 per transaction. However, that can be the difference
between eating and not; having meds and not; having electricity or not. The basic essentials of life.
In the first nine months of 2014, $17.58 BILLION dollars was sent home to help! Yes, indeed. Those workers in the USA care. They really take it seriously to care and to send money. I've known and hired many workers who slept 7 or 8 men in a one or two bedroom house or apartment. They brown bagged their lunches and snacks. They went home at night to play dominoes or watch TV rather then spend money on frivolous things like movies, or restaurants or things others take for granted. They sent money home.
Most immigrants initially do not have cars. They use the buses, a bicycle or their feet. Sometimes they can get a ride with a friend, if they both are working the same job. What time does their day usually start? Long before ours. Just think if you had to take four or five buses to get to a construction job - both ways. I'm not making any of this up. Not one bit. And, their days usually end long after ours by the time they finish their work and can get home by buses, a bicycle or their feet.
Surprised? Here's another interesting fact. Remittances are the second source of income for Mexico, right behind oil. And, the third source of income is tourism. Yes, it is very important to the economy of Mexico, still, at the present time.
Mexico and Central America are cash societies for the most part. Credit is a new thing. So, when people who have emigrated to the USA are there after a while, they don't buy a house until they have cash! They don't buy cars until they can pay for it. Like it used to be in the times after WWII when credit was a new concept.
The contribution of all of this cash for real estate, food, transportation, and all the other segments necessary to survive, is very necessary to the economy of the USA as well. Sorry I don't have the figure of what is estimated to be their financial contribution to the USA.
Another fallacy is that immigrants live off the system and pay no taxes. Not possible. They have to have a social security number, valid or not, to get most jobs. They pay taxes, but never get any benefits from all the money they pay in. A boon to the social security system when you have over 11 million people paying into something and not getting a dime of it back. Amazing isn't it?
Waiting for welfare checks? That seems to be another comment frequently used as to why immigrants are in the USA. Welfare has never been part of the cycle of their life back where they come from, unless you count the approximately $30USD the elderly get in Mexico, which is about all I know about as welfare. Yes, there is assistance with healthcare, seeds to plant crops, but no where near the amount of assistance programs that the USA provides to their citizens.
The statistics show that the percentage of people getting welfare in the USA that are immigrants is no greater, and thought to be less then the percentage of people who do receive welfare that are US citizens.
As far as the borders being secure. The big fallacy is that people are streaming across, as politicians like to point out. Well, I don't know where anyone gets that idea. The stats show the numbers are so low and have been so low for the last 21/2 years that they are almost at a minus percent. That means more are going back to their countries then are entering the USA. I have crossed those borders all over the place. I've NEVER once seen someone trying to cross illegally. And, I've looked.
The fear of the borders is big business! The military contractors and defense contractors are making off like bandits with all the various ways they can make money. Building bigger and larger checkpoints. Providing cars for Border patrol agents. Clearing land as far as forty miles inland. Putting up security cameras as far inland as 150 miles. All of this doesn't count the salaries, the uniforms, the drones, the aircraft, boats. You name it. They have thought of it...........as a way to make money.
The number of governmental agencies who are tasked with protecting the border have gone from US Customs, only, in the 70's to now including DEA, Border Patrol, Homeland Security and many others too
numerous to name! It's big business. It just makes me shake my head at how politicized the border between the USA and Mexico has become.
But I digress. The rhetoric continues about how the immigrants have destroyed the American way of life.
What a sad comment when the immigrants are so patriotic in their home countries and want nothing more
then to be that way in their new home country the USA. IF they had a path to citizenship that did not cost an arm and a leg, my bet is that eleven million immigrants would be whittled down to very few who would not become citizens.
Hopefully, soon, or sometime in my lifetime, those eleven million human beings will be thought of in a humane way and allowed to not live with a stigma and fear over their heads that at any moment they could be rounded up and separated from their families to be sent to a country that many have not lived in for 20 or 30 years or more. That is happening every day. Can you imagine if they attempted to do that with eleven million immigrants?
I shudder to imagine that. Hopefully you do as well.