Mexico: Situations Desperate, Send Gadgets


August 17, 2007: Mexicans working in the US are sending less money back to Mexico. In 2007, 64 percent are sending money home. In 2006 the figure was 71 percent. This translates into roughly a half million fewer workers sending a portion of their paychecks back to families south of the border. Why is this important? First of all the Mexican economy takes hit. Remittances, as they are called, are an important source of hard currency in many developing nations. This holds true for Mexico. This doesn't receive a lot of attention in the US, but the Mexican government knows the "hard currency" inflow is important. The drop in remittances may also indicate that many Mexican migrants are keeping their money in the US because of possible changes in US immigration law. This is a very iffy assessment, but one immigration bill would fine illegal immigrants as part of creating a "path to legitimacy."

August 14, 2007: The US and Mexico continue to discuss ways to cooperate in Mexico's war on the drug cartels. Several weeks ago Mexican authorities broached the issue of improving the way the US and Mexico share intelligence. Providing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was one of the possible ways the US could help Mexico. The US may also help Mexico with improved electronic surveillance capabilities (eg, cell phone interception). Mexico has requested money for training Mexican police to use many of the communication and surveillance systems that are already commonly used by US police forces. Using similar communications equipment would definitely improve cross-border cooperation. Mexico could also use new helicopters and more of them. In fact, they could make use of the helicopters right now. "Loaning" US aircraft to Mexico might be something US and Mexican officials will be discussing.

August 10, 2007: The American military needs more money to keep National Guard troops posted along the U.S.-Mexican during 2008. Though the US government plans to begin reducing the number of Guardsmen serving along the border, this"Operation Jump Start" is supposed to be funded at least through July 2008. The Pentagon estimates that will cost a little over $300 million. So far the funds have not been allocated. The National Guard has between 5,000 and 6,000 troops involved in Jump Start.




Help Keep Us From Drying Up

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling.

Each month we count on your contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage.
Subscribe   Contribute   Close