Sending money home crucial for many immigrants

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  • Kiyo Washougal, Washington
    Jan. 1, 2012 6:33 p.m.

    ...This looks like the best of both worlds for Rena.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    Another guilt trip on your fellow countrymen, who want our immigration laws enforced?

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    Mexico has the 12th best economy in the world, people can make a living there.

    Their economy is not our responsibility. And as long as we throw money at their problem, they will never change and take care of their own. They have health care, they have welfare and food stamp programs. People come here for a higher wage, not to survive.

    It's all about cheap labor for business. Americans need to take back our country and our jobs from the artificial surplus of labor. American business has become lazy, and dependent on artificial stimulation to get boom periods.

  • FDRfan safety dictates, ID
    Jan. 1, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    dogchow1 | 10:10 a.m. Jan. 1, 2012
    Salt Lake City, UT

    I did not say it was a legitimate import/export but why it is being done. We need to change things in Mexico so people can make a living there. If we are going to make regime changes maybe we should start there.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    It benefits our country every time foreigners hold dollars. This allows our country to print money (increase the supply) and not necessarily cause inflation. Otherwise inflation would be much greater than it already is.

  • dogchow1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 10:10 a.m.

    To FDR
    Aliens breaking the law by sneaking into the United States is an "export" of Mexico now? That boggles the mind that this illegal activity by any country with ours could be considered a legitimate export.

  • Mr.Reality Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 10:02 a.m.

    What a bunch on nonsense. This "story" is just another propaganda piece designed to confuse people and blur the line between legal immigrants and foreign criminals living in this country illegally and bleeding us dry. Here is a fun little stat to ponder: Remittances from their citizens living in the United States illegaly is Mexico's third largest source of foreign income, trailing only tourism and oil exports.

  • RShackleford Saint George, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    As the State Legislative Session draws near. The "immigrant" stories will get more prevalent. DN has an agenda.

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    Finally a news report that acknowledges the difference between legal and illegal immigration. Congrats DMN. And to Say No to BO, you are correct. I know of one situation personally where the sibling does nothing but sit and wait for the remittance and in his spare time has produced 13 children, all of them in training to be just like their father. When are the politicians going to seize a good opportunity to tax these remittances and spread the money throughout the world so that everyone can receive an equal share (are you listening BO)?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 7:32 a.m.

    Do a little math to see how this impacts Mexico. Since January, to Mexico have averaged $1.919 BILLION per month.
    That's enough money to supply the median income to 320,000 Mexican families.
    And it is going to states like Zacatecas and Michoacan. There is little industry in those states. People are simply waiting around waiting for their money from their relatives in the United States.
    That's not good for them and it's not good for us.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 4:53 a.m.

    As long as its 'after tax' income who cares? We all give our incomes to our families, not hide it from government. What are the writers trying to say? Should we send tax payers money to the families of these legal and illegal immigrants in other countries as they strip and undermine our generosity? We are all in the same boat of poverty and we all want sympathy but an "American" doesn't expect it. That's the difference in a diversified and divided nation, the American culture of independence.

    For "citizens" its even harder as foreign workers and employers get welfare because they lie about having income. Citizens are forced out of homes, jobs, and even poverty to a state of homeless so foreign criminals can have a better life.

    US citizenship is the 1st law of entitlement for welfare, education, and civil services, Utah lawmakers and its news media want to deny. They claim citizenship entitlement meant to preserve our rights and laws is too oppressive to foreign nationals and they want it repealed. This same group of illegal activism also thinks assimilation and learning our language as oppressive.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 2:52 a.m.

    "The Pew Hispanic Center reported 300,000 annually came to the U.S. illegally from 2007 to 2009, compared to 850,000 between 2000 and 2005."

    Of course a two-year figure is not going to be nearly as impressive as a five-year figure. Kind of a curious comparison, don't you think?

    "Alex Nowrasteh, at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, says things like ID requirements and background checks can be quite burdensome for migrants."

    If they're here illegaly, then I imagine they would be "burdensome."

    "Lowering costs for sending remittances encourages a very efficient and voluntary form of foreign aid, experts said."

    But if they are illegal, they have NO right to engage in such "foreign aid," nor any right right to earn the money in the United States in the first place, while Americans remain almost 10% unemployed and lose their homes to foreclosure.

    And of course it stands to reason that the departure of this 52 BILLION dollars from the U.S. economy each year is NOT helping matters.

    Illegal immigration is a huge benefit only for the greedy employers who employ them. It results in a huge loss to the rest of the country.

  • FDRfan safety dictates, ID
    Jan. 1, 2012 12:32 a.m.

    Exports bring money to the exporting country. Mexico exports labor to the US. What is strange about that?

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Dec. 31, 2011 11:27 p.m.

    We are back to mixing legal and illegal? You can't call people migrants, when they don't migrate from place to place following work. The article references people who came here legally and and stayed-immigrants. And those who came here illegally and stayed,--illegal aliens (legal term).

    One group has every right to be here and send their money to family, the other has no right to be here and work. No matter how you dance around the issue, they are two different groups, and one needs to be dealt with according to the laws of the land.

    Let's see an equal amount of articles telling the stories of America's poor that have lost jobs, families and homes because cheap illegal labor took their work.

    The sob stories about those here illegally in our country aren't making a difference, so now we are going to get articles on their relatives in foreign countries? How about intellectual honesty. I have given up looking to the local media on immigration reporting.