Most movements of money or people across the U.S.-Mexico border are the products of both a push and a pull. When movements occur without a push from one side to make things go away or a pull from the other to attract them to come, it’s a sign something’s up.
So, when the number of migrants arrested along the border pushed higher, despite there being no special attraction to come to the COVID-crushed U.S., where it’s still Trump-time and legal immigration’s been stopped dead – and when 78 percent of those border-crossers detained in July were single Mexican men, you can guess the powerful push out of Mexico is economic.
Want more evidence, which stunned economists around the world? This is about the movement of money from the U.S. to Mexico. The sources are remittances from immigrants living in the United States sending money home to family in Mexico. There’s no push of extra income. Hispanic immigrants have been among the worst-affected components of the COVID-struck American job market. But somehow, they’re sending more money south than they did a year ago. The explanation is simple: it’s a desperate need for financial help that is pulling dollars south to Mexico.
Analysts predict the deep recession in Mexico will last for years, wiping out millions of jobs. It’s likely to match in scale, and outlast in effect, what may well be the world’s worst outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
In number of cases of COVID-19, Mexico is number six in the world, but its number of deaths from the Coronavirus trails only the U.S. and Brazil, both much more populous countries. And the more than 50,000 dead are by the Mexican government’s count, which most Mexicans regard as a vast understatement.
When it comes to the deaths most likely to be counted fully and accurately, the irreplaceable losses of medical personnel – Mexico has by far, the worst record on Earth.
Joseph Sorrentino is a freelance journalist and photographer currently based in San Gregorio Atlapulco, Mexico. Before moving to Mexico, he lived in Albuquerque, NM and for more than a dozen years documented the lives of agricultural workers on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border.
He is also a playwright. His short plays, known as “The Frankenharry Plays” (they’re named after the actors he worked with while writing them) have been produced across the US, in Canada, England and Australia. His articles, individual photographs and photoessays have appeared in a number of newspapers and magazines. Sorrentino has been awarded playwrighting fellowships by the Pennsylvania Council on The Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundations.
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