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In Defiance Of President Trump, Migrant Workers Doing This In Near Record Numbers

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March marked a nearly record breaking month for remittances, a.k.a. cash transfers, to Mexico, Reuters reports. Transfers totaled $2.52 billion for the month, up 15.1 percent, or $2.189 billion, from the same period of time in 2016. Cash transfers to Mexico have steadily risen over the last year or so. In 2016, the total value sent to Mexico was $26.97 billion, which was a 9 percent increase over 2015’s total.

Remittances have increased despite a decrease in the number of Mexican immigrants in the U.S., The Hill reports.


While the number of Mexican migrants living in the U.S. is on the decline, the average amount per remittance sent has increased from $291 to $316, as data from the central bank of Mexico, Banxico, showed.

Remittances have increased despite President Trump’s claims that he might impound Mexico-bound cash transfers.


President Trump has remained consistent on his stance that Mexico will “pay for the wall.” One suggestion floated a while back was impounding Mexican migrant’s cash transfers to Mexico. With estimates of the wall coming in north of $12 billion and remittances totaling more than $26 billion in 2016, the idea has gained traction among certain conservatives. However, as the National Review points out, “banks and financial institutions” that make money off of the cash transfers would likely oppose this.

Trump supporters have suggested an alternative to impounding cash transfers:

As the National Review points out, Oklahoma charges a one percent fee on to wire transfers outside the state. As a result, the state brought in almost $20 million between 2013 and 2014. However, wire transfer companies oppose this idea due to the increase in fees paid.

Though monthly cash transfers usually drop after the holidays, the trend so far this year has been an increase. The Hill attributes this increase to the strong familial ties family members in Mexico have with those living in the U.S. And with deportations increasing, time is for many migrants is much more of a limited resource than money.

READ: Thousands Of Non-Criminal Immigrants Have Been Arrested By ICE, Data Reveals

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Ted Cruz No Longer Has To Worry About Joaquin Castro Going After His Senate Seat

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Ted Cruz No Longer Has To Worry About Joaquin Castro Going After His Senate Seat

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Last year, congressman Joaquin Castro teased Texans when he hinted at possibly going after Senator Ted Cruz’s Senate seat in 2018. Less than one year later, Castro has rescinded his challenge for Cruz’s seat, leaving Beto O’Rourke as the only Democratic challenger for Cruz’s Senate seat. The news was met with both heartbreak and encouragement of O’Rourke’s bid.

It’s official. Rep. Joaquin Castro will not be going after Sen. Ted Cruz’s Senate seat in 2018.


Castro is currently a representative for Texas’ 20th District, which includes a sizable portion of San Antonio. Castro was first elected to the seat in 2013 and during his time he has co-founded the U.S.-Japan Caucus, the Congressional Pre-K Caucus, and the Congressional Caucus on ASEAN.

Some were surprised by the move since polls show Castro has an edge over Cruz in a head to head match up.


“I’ve kept my pledge to fight for hard-working Texans, and I’ll keep doing that,” Castro told The Hill in an email. “However, with the threats posed by Russia and North Korea, coupled with the reckless behavior of this Administration and their failure to invest in economic opportunity for the American people, at this time I believe I can best continue that work by focusing on my duties in the House Foreign Affairs and Intelligence Committees.”

Some people immediately saw this as the news that Ted Cruz has secretly been waiting for.


People are in favor of Castro stepping down from the challenge only because it could benefit Cruz’s opponent, O’Rourke.


And they are hoping that Castro will put his name and endorsement behind the Democratic challenger.

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Some are thinking that the move points to a gubernatorial run.


Picture it: A Democratic governor of Texas.

Like, people really want this to turn into a gubernatorial campaign.


But, many are left with a broken heart and broken dreams.

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This is what it looks like when Texas Democrats cry.


READ: Ted Cruz Is Already Scared Of This Dude Taking His Senate Seat… In 2 Years

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