Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto just announced he is spending $54 million on so-called “Defense Centers’ to make sure his people stay where they have been, living in the U.S. illegally. Mexico is giving all its 50 U.S. consulates approximately $1 million to let them spread the good word:
“Our communities are not alone. The Mexican government will give them [migrants] legal advice that will guarantee them the protection they require.”
The opening of these “Defense Centers” are a direct response to the stepped up deportation efforts of the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agency under the direction of Homeland Security under the inspiration of current President and Mexico’s nemesis Donald J. Trump. The stepped up ICE efforts are seeing criminals and non-criminals being swept up in immigration raids without court hearings or prolonged detentions.
It would have been helpful that the communities whose migrant rights the Mexican President is now so concerned about would have provided enough economic and educational opportunities in the first place, therefore, not necessitating the journey north of the Mexican border. It is important to point out this is not Pena Nieto’s sole fault but rather centuries of neglect, corruption all fueling violence.
Currently, in Mexico the average disposable income is $12,850 annually and the average minimum wage is $5.10 a day. Lower wages are the direct result of the low percent of Mexican adults (34%) that have completed their upper secondary education.
The Mexican government will hire 320 temporary personnel to provide everything from workshops, legal screenings, birth certificates and assimilation services to the nearly 6 million undocumented Mexicans living in the U.S.
Mexican governments including Pena Nieto’s are dependent some would say addicted to the billions ($26.07 billion annually to be exact) migrants send in remittances back home. The remittances sent from migrants living in the U.S. are the second highest source of income ahead of the Mexico’s oil exports. That is a lot of incentive to keep the “community” where it is – in the U.S. working hard and sending money back home.
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