With more Mexican workers in the United States unable to find jobs, their families back in Mexico are struggling to survive. Millions of Mexicans rely on the money sent home by relatives working in the U.S.
The Bank of Mexico reported that money transfers from the U.S. to Mexico dropped 20 percent in May, to $1.9 billion, compared to last year, according to an article in USA Today.
An estimated 12 million Mexicans work illegally in the U.S. and have suffered more unemployment than the population at large, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
Jack Martin, an immigration-control advocate, told USA Today that less money going to Mexico might mean more money staying in the U.S. to stimulate the economy.
In Mexico, small, rural towns known as pueblos fantasmas, or “ghost towns” because so many men have left to work in the U.S., have been hit especially hard, said USA Today.
For the mainly women, children and elderly left behind in those small towns, the suffering is very real.
“Thank God, we haven’t had anyone die of hunger yet,” Jesus Tello, 63, a farmer in the isolated town of Pacula, told USA Today. “But things are getting harder and harder. People are living on beans.”
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