More On The Mexodus: Parasite Nation

Just as mass immigration is making
the United States an

Alien Nation,
so the extraordinary phenomenon of

mass emigration
from Mexico–what has been called the
“Mexodus” – is turning Mexico into a

Parasite Nation


Allan Wall
pointed out on

September 23
, two reports recently released by the
Mexican government show just how entangled the U.S. and
Mexico are today.

The first, “Migration in Mexico and
the World,” from the National Population Council (Conapo)
revealed that over the last 40 years “registered”
emigration from Mexico exceeded 17 million –
overwhelmingly bound for the U.S. The second, from the
Bank of Mexico,
that in the first half of 2003 – for the
first time – remittances of U.S. dollars to Mexico by
Mexicans in the United States exceeded inflows from
foreign investment and tourism.

I`d like to add two points to
Allan`s discussion:

  • Mexico`s population is now
    approximately 100 million. The Conapo report
    puts the number of Mexicans i.e. individuals born in
    Mexico now living in the United States at 9.5 million.
    Conapo estimates the number of American-born
    children of Mexicans as 8.2 million. And it estimates
    that there are 7.8 million second-generation
    descendants of Mexicans in the United States. [

    Llegaron a EU 17 millones de mexicanos
    By Sonia
    Garcia, El Sol de Tijuana. August 29th,

So Conapo is claiming that,
all told, there are more than 25.5 million Mexican
immigrants and their descendants in the U.S. – excluding
those derived from the pre-1963 presence.

In other words, one out every
five Mexicans in the world now lives in the U.S

Not surprisingly, Conapo
finds that emigration to America now thoroughly
permeates Mexican life. Nearly one in every five Mexican
households (18% – 3.8 million) have “some kind of

migratory experience
with the U.S. and/or
receive remittances. Essentially all (96%) of the 2,350
Mexican municipalities (municipios) “have some
type of contact with the United States, either through
migration to that nation or returns from there, as well
as through money transfers from the United States.”

Well over a third of Mexican municipios (884 –
38%) are characterized by Conapo as having very
high, high or medium “migratory intensity.” Only
one municipio in 25 (93 – 4%) is characterized as
having no emigration.

  • The Bank of Mexico`s numbers
    show that, in the first half of 2003, remittances
    jumped by 29% to $6.3 billion. That suggests they
    should be well over $12 billion for the year. Many of
    those dollars would, of course, have been taxed away
    if they had been earned legally in the U.S.
    Remittances are certainly understated: the Bank of
    Mexico counts dollars brought home by Mexicans
    personally as “tourism” rather than what they almost
    always are: the import of money gained up north.

Even Conapo, which approves
of remittances, admits that “the great majority of
the money is spent on satisfying basic needs, the
purchase of durable consumer goods or home improvement”

rather than in areas that create Mexican jobs.

Vicente Fox has

Mexicans in America as “heroes” who
keep both the U.S. and Mexican economies afloat. But
some Mexicans now

whether the

wholesale translation

Mexican towns
and cities to the U.S. is good for
Mexico. (What it does to America is not their concern).

Roberto Madrazo, the leader of the
Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI),
the monolithic former ruling party,

the dependence on remittances a “clear
indication that we are on the threshold of a social

Madrazo is right. At this point,
American immigration reform may be all that can arrest
Mexico`s slide into complete parasitism.

The writer  is an attorney in New York.