The Mexicans are leaving again

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Ruben Cortes.

The progress of the Mexican economy until 2018 caused Mexico to begin to think that migrants were only Central Americans. And for good reason: 2018 recorded the lowest number in history of undocumented Mexicans living in the United States.

When the political group that governs today came to power here, illegal Mexican migrants in the United States were already in a clear minority compared to migrants from other countries. In 2007 there were 8.2 million, but 10 years later the figure dropped to 6.2 million.

However, the arrival of the current government once again boosted the exodus of undocumented countrymen to the United States, due to the zero percent growth of the economy in 2019, the fall to minus 8.2 percent, and the entry into a technical recession in 2021.

So the US immigration police deported 250 Mexicans last year, which turned out to be 41,135 more than those who were expelled in 2020. It’s sad, because in recent years our countrymen have been returning home.

“As of 2007, the number of unauthorized Mexican immigrants decreased, as more left the United States than arrived,” states a report from the Pew Research Centerprepared by Jeffrey S. Passel and D’Vera Cohn.

But today it is worse, because in this government, for the first time in history, the countrymen are detained on our side of the border by the Mexican Army itself, which since 2019 has functioned as the border wall that Trump promised in his 2016 campaign.

In addition, their remittance shipments are beginning to be contaminated and are under the watchful eye of the US government, because the Drug Enforcement Agency considers that cash shipments are part of the money laundering methods used by organized crime.

The Bank of Mexico reported in 2021 the arrival in the country of 51,594 million dollars. However, the mass of remittances reported in the National Survey of Household Income and Expenditure in 2021 was barely three billion dollars.

It means that some 49 billion dollars that came in the form of remittances did not end up in the hands of relatives, but in those of the cartels, in a process based on small amounts sent so as not to sound the alarms of the authorities.

Anyway, the president calls the countrymen heroes, who, even so, when they come to visit they have to spend 10 thousand pesos with government officials at customs, and another 15 thousand with drug traffickers to be able to enter Mexico safely. .

And now, to top it off, they are being chased by Mexican soldiers.

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