As Mexicans in the U.S. send billions home, Mexico is fighting to keep its citizens here illegally.
Mexico is not only fighting President Trump’s wall, the United States’ “neighbor” to the south is spending $50 million to keep its citizens who are in the U.S. illegally inside the U.S., according to the Associated Press:
Not only is the Mexican government not building a wall; it’s spending $50 million to beef up its legal aid to migrants who fear deportation, a response to President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
All 50 Mexican consulates in the U.S. on Friday launched legal assistance centers to form partnerships with nonprofit groups and tap lawyers to help those fearing Trump’s policies
If Mexico’s intentions are not clear enough, Mexican consul general, Jose Antonio Zabalgoitia stated that his government needs to “protect” illegals against deportation back to Mexico.
Miami’s Mexican consul general, Jose Antonio Zabalgoitia, said Friday that these centers would become “authentic advocates of the rights of Mexican migrants.”
“What changes today is that we are prioritizing legal matters over everything. Previously, we didn’t have the need to seek so much legal support for our people,” he said. “But now, we need to protect them against an eventual deportation.”
Why would Mexico fight its own citizens returning to their homeland?
The first, most obvious reason, why Mexico is spending $50 million to fight its citizens returning to their native country is simple economics.
As a result, Mexico’s economy may not be ready for the sudden influx of its own citizens returning.
Job “opportunities are scarce and worries about the worst inflation in a decade” are an issue, according to the Washington Post.
To make matters worse for Mexico, Mexico’s national income “grows in direct proportion to the size of the illegal Mexican population inside the United States,” writes former Congressman Tom Tancredo.
Mexico’s most profitable export to the U.S. is not oil or avocados or automobile parts, it is people.
Mexicans living and working in the U.S. send home over $20 billion annually in cash remittances — more than Mexico earns in foreign currency from tourism or any export commodity.
With billions at stake for the Mexican economy, to Mexico, a $50 million investment to keep Mexico’s illegal aliens in the U.S. may be a small price to pay.