Mexico 'running out of Mexicans to export'

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By Maria Fotopoulos

Maria is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow who focuses on the impacts of growth on biodiversity. Find her on Twitter | in | FB.

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August 8, 2011

In the July 28th edition of the Sacramento Bee, González Gutiérrez, consul general of Mexico, was quoted, saying, "As a natural consequence of us transforming from a rural to an urban society, we are running out of Mexicans to export. Our society's growing at a rate of 2.1 children per woman – in the 1970s it was more than five."

Well, that sounds like some good news.

Apparently, too, Mexicans in the United States illegally are returning home, bolstered, according to Gutiérrez, by a new and improved Mexico. The unemployment rate in Mexico is reported to be 4.9 percent now, while in the U.S. it’s at 9.4 percent, and seemingly entrenched. (See blog post of Dec. 17, 2010.) Gutiérrez said, "It's now easier to buy homes on credit, find a job and access higher education in Mexico. We have become a middle-class country."

Given the reality of a brutal drug war being waged in Mexico which has claimed the lives of thousands of people and that just a short time ago (2009) the U.S. Joint Forces Command issued a report on worldwide security stating that Mexico was one of two countries that "bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse," how much of this is propaganda and how much the truth may be hard to evaluate.

The Bee referenced the Public Policy Institute of California and its estimate that 300,000 illegal aliens have left California since 2008, which means there still are an estimated 2.6 million illegal aliens in the state (7 percent of the population and 9 percent of the workforce). But, any illegal aliens who are "self-deporting" should be considered a good thing – for both countries. That it’s due to our country’s overall economic condition being so deplorable, however, is not good.


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