I have started reading a Blog Written by La Gringa in Honduras and in her post “A country of retirees”, she enlightened me to something I hadn’t thought about. She is having a hard time getting a maid to work for any extended amount of time, i.e. more than one month. One of the reasons appears to be that there are many Hondurans that are in the US and sending money home to their family to help out.
Therefore many Hondurans don’t do anything, they just wait for the relative in the US to send the monthly cash. This situation has a dramatic effect on Honduras. Read her post to understand more.
After reading her post, it dawned on me that when the US stiffens its borders and improves its enforcement of removing illegal immigrants, it is going to have a dramatic effect on all of Latin America. I don’t think that Honduras is the only Latin American country that has a section of its population depending on money being sent from the states
If an illegal is living in the US and working and earning a great salary by Latin American standards, and suddenly is sent home, look what happens. When he returns home, he will fall into the pool of unemployed competing for a job. That pool will increase dramatically because those that were not working and living off the money being sent from the US will now also be looking for work.
The US has many people living on welfare, but I had never realized that it is effectively sponsoring welfare societies in other countries. I am not saying that all Latin Americans living in the US and sending money to their families back home are illegal, but I bet a fair number are. It is a cultural thing for Latin American families to help the entire family. I am afraid that the effect, of what ever the US’s decision to tighten its borders and remove illegals may be, is little understood and will have worldwide consequences.