Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The collapse of Mexico

Alan Caruba:

According to data from the CIA, 40% of the Mexican population lives below the poverty line. The current population is estimated to be 106,202,900 people and the labor force is estimated to be 34.73 million. Despite being rich in natural resources, the Mexican economy is highly dependent on the US economy. We buy 84% of all Mexican exports, compared to Canada that buys a mere 1.8%. “Per capita income is one-fourth that of the US; income distribution remains highly unequal.” That’s a diplomatic way of saying a handful of Mexican elites own most of everything.

There are a lot of reasons advanced to explain why the Bush administration will do nothing to stop the flow of illegals across our southern border, the vast bulk of whom are Mexicans, but the one I had not heard until I received the email was that Mexico would collapse without the money sent back by the Mexicans, legal and illegal, among us. When you look at the economic data, it is the one explanation that begins to make sense.

Ignoring the financial and social impact that millions of illegal Mexican workers are having on America may well be the US government’s way of avoiding a tsunami of even more Mexicans crossing over in the wake of an economic disaster, the collapse of the Mexican economy.

The most dramatic change that the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement has had is the way it has emptied out whole sections of Mexico as its former citizens head north. People don’t do this because they have a choice. Mexico is not creating new jobs. It is, instead, sending its people here to take over all kinds of jobs that unemployed Americans no longer can get.

The World Bank confirms the CIA data that nearly half of the Mexican population is just as poor today as they were in the 1960s. That’s not slow growth. That’s no growth.

According to Bloomberg.com, “Mexico’s economy grew at the slowest pace in a year in the first quarter as US demand for the nation’s autos, textiles, and appliances declined.”

Surpassing oil and tourism, the estimated $20 billion in US dollars that Mexicans sent home last year is the mainstay of Mexico’s economy. When your main export is your citizens, your nation is in big trouble.

Of course, if the border was militarized and Mexico allowed to collapse then there would be the possibility of some real reforms in that corrupt nation. Our current policy allows Mexico to poison our nation without forcing the Mexicans to deal with their own problems.

4 Comments:

At 6:16 PM, Blogger Zach said...

"The World Bank confirms the CIA data that nearly half of the Mexican population is just as poor today as they were in the 1960s. That’s not slow growth. That’s no growth."

This needs to be better publicized. American's need to appreciate that illegal immigration is not because Mexicans are poor, or because they necessarily want to become Americans, but rather because the government is very, very broken south of the boarder.

 
At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is also important here is that allowing massive Mexican immigration to the US doesn't solve the problem for Mexico. It merely delays the day when Mexico will have to face its problems while adding to the problems of the US from hospitals failing because of excessive use by illegal immigrants to depressed wages.

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Adam Lawson said...

Exactly. Illegal immigration doesn't solve the problems of Mexico, it just spreads them around.

 
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