Saturday, July 25, 2009
The Money Flow Across The Rio Grande Now Goes Two Ways
For decades, Mexicans and other Central and South Americans have been crossing the southern border of the United States, legally and otherwise, to seek a better life, taking jobs working on farms, landscaping, in restaurants, as day laborers or other lower paying jobs. Invariably they leave family behind. And as they find jobs in the norte, they send money back south to their relatives.
But apparently that's changing.
According to a report by New America Media, the economic downturn has taken a bite out of their dreams of fortune as well. And now, according to the story, increasingly the relatives they left behind are sending money to them.
Perhaps this change in economic climate will slowdown the number of undocumented workers making their way across the Rio Grande. Stemming a tide that the border wall and Border Patrol have been unsuccessful in stopping at great financial cost.
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