The Hill: Remittances play huge role in immigrant economy

IRLI In The News

October 31, 2016

By Rafael Bernal and Mike Lillis

Immigrants in the United States send more than $54 billion abroad every year, a practice that could compound the economic difficulties already facing some of the country’s lowest paid workers.

Proponents of reduced immigration and the tougher enforcement of undocumented residents have latched on to remittances, as the transfers are formally known, as a tool to pressure immigrants and even foreign governments.

Donald Trump, the GOP presidential nominee, adopted that tack early in the campaign when he proposed to block some of those payments to Mexico unless the country’s leaders cough up billions of dollars to construct a southern border wall. … Read the full story by Rafael Bernal and Mike Lillis.

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