By Kausha Luna
CIS Immigration Blog, January 25, 2017
A professor at Mexico's Universidad Iberoamericana recently noted that the actions suggested by President Trump would be a huge blow to the Mexican population, particularly those with low incomes. However, he also stated that the rise in remittances implies ''several social problems." The academic highlighted that 1.29 million households are economically dependent on remittances, and added that there are entire municipalities that are supported by this income. According to data from the Bank of Mexico (the country's central bank), four of the top ten receiving municipalities (Puebla, Morelia, Leon, and San Luis Potosi) are located in states with the highest dependence on remittances, as a percent of their GDP. Moreover, the university professor lamented that the flow of remittances leads many to stop working and then they sustain themselves with the money coming from the United States. As my colleague Dan Cadman recently wrote, "the heavy reliance on remittances has permitted Mexican politicians and business leaders to sidestep many of the institutional changes need to better life for ordinary Mexicans so they don't have to think about the trek north to achieve financial stability."
Between one-quarter and one-third of the 1.5 million new arrivals in 2014 were illegal aliens, meaning that a conservative estimate is that 1,000 illegal aliens a day are moving to the United States.