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There’s an article this week over at The Last Refuge which might be worth a look if you’ve got an open mind on the subject. One of the less commented on aspects of international relations with Mexico is the volume of cash which Mexicans living in America (including illegal aliens) send home every year to their families. There’s nothing shocking about the idea at first glance. People send money home all the time. But just how much is it? This report straight out of Mexico may come as a bit of a shock.
Remittances sent home by Mexicans working outside the country surpassed petroleum revenues in 2015 for the first time. There was a 4.75% increase in money sent from abroad, most of which comes from the U.S., to total US $24.8 billion last year, up from $23.6 billion in 2014, said the Bank of México.
The bank said it was the first time remittances had totaled more than petroleum revenues since it began tracking them in 1995. Oil revenues last year totaled $23.4 billion.
This is apparently the reality of the Mexican economy. They have more cash flowing into the country via letters and wire service from people working in the United States than they get from exporting oil.
Mexico is now cracking down on migrants from other countries trying to cross the country in order to reach the U.S.A., while more money is involved (emphasis added),
Fleeing a surge in gang violence and a void of opportunity, record numbers of Central Americans began streaming toward the United States in the spring of 2014. That year, 68,631 children, nearly twice as many as the previous year, were stopped at the United States border, having chosen the risks of the 1,000-mile journey over the dangers they faced back home.
To stem the flow, the White House promised aid to help build better lives for the migrants in their own countries. In December, $750 million was approved for Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
What we are seeing is how human trafficking supports the failed political, social and criminal systems of failing states. As I said yesterday, strong democracies do not compel their citizens to risk their lives by immigrating illegally to other lands.
The U.S. is used as a relief valve,
a type of valve used to control or limit the pressure in a system or vessel which can build up for a process upset, instrument or equipment failure, or fire.
The relief valve supplies multiple ways to reduce pressure:
It provides a flow of revenue from not only foreign aid, but through remittances, goods, and special programs such as Plan Frontera Sur.
A lot of foreign funds support the status quo of the (corrupt) receiving countries.
While foreign aid and NGO moneys may end up in the pockets of ruling elites, corrupt officials and the likes, remittances (after a deduction for fees) actually end up in the hands of the people who benefit, thus preventing destabilization.
Additionally, American judicial and police institutions are much more efficient and less corrupt than those in most of the Latin American countries. For instance, In Mexico, Only 30% of Drug Arrests Lead to Conviction. In Colombia, just 9% of murders lead to a conviction. Hence, those countries resort to extraditing their criminals to the U.S.; in turn,
Yet extraditers pay a price. Extradition can create dependency by reducing pressure to clean up local justice systems. Although Colombia has broken up gangs, increased drug seizures and cut its murder rate, its courts and jails remain inefficient and corruptible by global standards. Because it now extradites even mob foot-soldiers, no one knows if it could jail a proper capo safely.
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Outsourcing justice abroad can also undermine it at home. Since American prosecutors focus exclusively on crimes against the United States, extradited prisoners are not tried there for wrongdoing against their own countrymen. This prevents victims from seeing justice done, and the public from learning about dark chapters of local history. In 2008 Mr Uribe sent 14 members of right-wing paramilitary groups to the United States on drug charges just as Colombian investigators were examining their alleged human-rights violations and potential ties to the government. Many of their records were sealed, causing the president’s opponents to accuse him of using extradition as part of a cover-up.
I hesitate to use pop psychology terminology, but it is classic codependency writ large,
Codependent relationships are where one person supports or enables another person’s addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, or under-achievement.
So the illegal immigration issue is not simply a matter of the U.S. going along with a sentiment of
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
It is, in very great part, a form of perpetuating structures by which the countries where the immigrants come from profit, while those countries refuse to commit to and implement the rule of law, to fight entrenched corruption, to establish and strengthen legal and civic institutions that are needed for a civil society, and to prioritize the inalienable rights of their citizens, such as property rights and freedom of assembly, religion and association.
That commitment can not come from outside. It must come from within each nation.
In practical terms, the question is, why should they?