In 2003, Mexico received nearly $13.3 billion in workers remittances,
money earned abroad by Mexican citizens and sent back to their families in Mexico.
Issue 1, 2004: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Since Ancient times nation states have expressed concerns over the movements of peoples into their domicile. Presently, the United States is and has for some time been experiencing the invasion of millions of Mexicans into its’ mainland; these peoples, poor by birthright and impoverish by the lack of opportunity, in the interest of seeking a better life have fled their native land. Interestingly, Mexico benefits financially, in no small manner, from this illegal migration; these benefits include millions of dollars worth of cash remittances from US to Mexico, any and all cost of social services, medical, education, and the cost of dying. The Untied States is now libel for all of these services; Mexico utilizes the illegal immigration of its citizens as a highly profitable export into the USA. An export that cost Mexico absolutely nothing; receiving in return, monthly cash residuals totaling millions of dollars.
The US allows Mexican nationals to own land, equities, directly invest in its infrastructure, open bank accounts, and process all manner of commercial designs within its’ border. The same allowance is NOT so for US citizens in Mexico. But this obvious investment disallowance for American companies, a blatant example of unfairness, has never been addressed. If American investors could buy, own and hold infrastructure in Mexico, in one generation of time, the border separating Mexico from the United States could be as obliging as the borders separating EU countries from each other.
No where on the contemplations of present immigration law is this concept of designing mutual regard for each others’ investment opportunities expressed or even considered. Instead the emphasis is on one presumption and several assumptions.
The presumption is that the estimated Twelve million illegal immigrants could not be motivated to comply with existing law hence rounding them up for deportation is impossible. Therefore, the answer is rendered solvable only by passing new US law and declared and agreed that the immigration issue is a sovereign US issue. Such a proprietary interpretation is flat WRONG; an erroneous blanket acknowledgement by US lawmakers that Mexico has no hand to play in this issue. Mexico is not an innocent; Mexico is not a bystander of non responsibility or a non obligatory. The truth of the matter is that each illegal immigrant that vacate Mexico without a valid visa and Mexican passport is in violation of Mexican law. Beyond all of that and its implication, Mexico has direct responsibilities to/for the safety of its own citizens. This assumption that illegal Mexican immigrants is only a US issue is an absurd assumption void of factuality.
US immigration policy must include unilateral agreements with Mexico in order to achieve any reality of effectual adherence; it is ridiculous to conclude any other sum.
William Robert Barber
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