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

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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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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It is Mexico’s Independence Day and that means that Mexicans around the world are honoring their roots. Twitter is buzzing with people who might not be in Mexico but they will forever have Mexico in their hearts. Here are just a few of the loving messages from people who are Mexican through and through.

Viva Mexico is trending on social media and the tweets are filled with love and passion for the country.

Mexico received its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810 and since then the day has been marked with celebration. The day is marked with parties of pride and culture no matter where you are in the world.

Mexicans everywhere are letting their Mexican flag fly.

Tbh, who doesn’t want to be Mexican to enjoy the day of puro pinche pride? The celebration for Mexican Independence Day starts on Sept. 15 with El Grito. The tradition is that the president of Mexico stands on the balcony on Sept. 15 at 11 p.m. and rings the same church bell that Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang in 1810 to trigger the Mexican Revolution.

People are loving all of the celebrations for their homeland.

The original El Grito took place in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato in 1810. While most El Grito celebrations take place at the National Palace, some presidents, especially on their last year, celebrate El Grito in the town where it originated.

Honestly, no one celebrates their independence day like Mexico and we love them for it.

¡Viva Mexico! Mexico lindo y querido. How are you celebrating the Mexican Independence Day this year? Show us what you have planned.

READ: Many Mexicans Are Calling Out Fragile Masculinity As Some Continue To Protest A Controversial Zapata Painting

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Volunteer Firefighters From Mexico Went to Oregon to Help Their “Sister City” Contain the Unprecedented Fires

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Volunteer Firefighters From Mexico Went to Oregon to Help Their “Sister City” Contain the Unprecedented Fires

Just when you thought humanity has failed us, someone steps up and shows the world that the generosity of the human spirit is alive and well. 

Last week, a post on Reddit went viral of a group of volunteer firefighters from Guanajuato, Mexico who traveled to the city of Ashland, Oregon to help fight the wildfires that are blazing across the western state.

The fire department is called Heroico Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios, the Heroic Volunteer Fire Department, in English.

The two towns have had a “sister city” relationship for over 50 years. Sister-city relationships are meant to “promote peace and understanding through exchanges that focus on arts and culture, youth and education, business and trade, and community development”.

The internet swiftly erupted into comments praising the volunteer firefighters for their bravery and comradery. “Mexico also sent relief during Katrina. Mexico and Canada are our best allies, always there for us regardless of the politics,” one commenter said. Another chimed in: “Welcome to Oregon, amigos. Mantenga una bota en el quemado.”

The troop of men who traveled from Mexico to the United States were identified as Captain Aldo Iván Ruiz, Captain Juan Armando Alvarez Villegas, Sargent Jorge Luis Anguiano Jasso, Sargent Luis Alfonso Campos Martínez and Miguel Ángel Hernández Lara. They were accompanied by the mayor of Guanajuato, Alejandro Navarro.

“We began the relief work,” Navarro wrote on Twitter. “Very moved by the terrible impact of the fire on families and their homes.”

The Oregon wildfires are just one of the many that are blazing down the West Coast of the United States, taking people’s homes, land, and sometimes, their lives. In more than 1 million acres have burned and two dozen fires are still raging.

“Almost every year since becoming governor, I’ve witnessed historic fire seasons,” Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently said at a press conference. “Yet this is proving to be an unprecedented and significant fire event for our state.”

Experts are hypothesizing that these unprecedented fires are further evidence of the toll man-made climate change is having on the environment. 

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“I can’t think of any time over the last 100 years where we’ve had serial fire outbreaks, four years running,” said fire historian Stephen Pyne to the Washington Post. “That I can find no record of happening before,” he added. “That is the big switch; that is the phase change.”

Regardless of what has caused the fires, the bravery of these firefighters is worth commendable. Their actions are further proof that borders cannot contain the universal values of kindness, altruism, and brotherhood.

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