While doing our weekly grocery shopping I always notice a line at Western Union. I began to wonder just how much money is being sent to Mexico each year. The amount shocked me. $21.59 billion dollars was sent to Mexico in 2013. That amount is down from $22.44 in 2012. That is $22 billion that is being earned in this country by emigrants and sent to Mexico. This is Mexico's second-largest source of foreign exchange, after oil. The total of remittances for Latin America for 2014 is expected to be $75 billion and $84 billion in 2015.
I have to wonder. How many of those who are sending money to family in Latin America, are also receiving some type of assistance from the American government.
Of course Mexico is not going to stop people from crossing from Mexico to the USA. Their own country depends on that money.
While researching these figures I came across another story published last week. It stated Mexico and Guatemala have come to an agreement to make it easier and safer for Central Americans, including children to enter the United States illegally.
Meanwhile we have a marine sitting in jail in Mexico for crossing a border. We have veterans that can not get the care that they need and we have seniors that are not able to afford medication.
How can we seem to always find money to fund certain things but never enough money for our military and seniors. Why when they talk about cutting the budget seniors and veterans are the first that have to take the cut. Why don't they ever cut the amount of welfare they give people. Why not start cutting money to able body people that don't want to work. I am not talking about the person that is working and needs help making ends meet. I'm talking about the ones that seem to think it is not their responsibility to feed, clothe and provide for their own children.
Maybe someone can answer some of these questions. I'm fed up!