on our economy, US domestic labor vs Mexican labor costs, illegals, crime, drugs, etc. A lot of information in a small space from someone in Hidalgo County, TX.
My family is from Hargill/San Manuel in northern Hidalgo County. The FDA also has rat/roach dust limit levels when performing health inspections on US made products which means that some rat and roach dust is allowed!. The real crime is that the USDA/FDA make such a fuss over tainted, imported food products while keeping the lid on the dozens/hundreds of domestic food products every year that make people sick. That tainted peanut butter was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of bad domestic food products.
The real problem here isn't that US domestic labor costs is 5x higher than Mexican labor, it's that Mexican labor is being kept 5x times cheaper than US labor. Canadian labor is only small percentage behind the US. Mexico is ruled by a gang of 8 families who basically rule
the economy. One man alone controls 15% of Mexico's wealth. Instead of seeing the huge investments in creating a large and healthy middle class, the wealthy Mexican elites dribble out just enough money to keep the poor and working class from starving and rioting. It's a
16th century European colonial economic model instead of 21st century G-20 economy. Mexico has the 13th or 14th largest GDP in the world but it's per capita income is ranked 56th in the world. By comparison the US is #1 GDP and 7th in per capita income(highest of all G-8). Until Mexico really addresses the economic inequity of its society, working
in the US or for the drug runners will be the only means of economic advancement for most of its population.