Today’s question was submitted via Twitter - @brianmuddradiocan you research money sent back to their country by immigrants. This is key to Socialism. Splitting the families, then the families maintain the government by sending all this money back. That money leaves the USA and it does not come back, is out of the system and we are talking BILLIONS a year. How much money is sent to Cuba, Mexico, and South America every year?
Bottom Line: Every year there are millions of people who work in the US that ship money outside the US to aid their families in socialistic countries. It certainly does play a role in the ability to prop up the governments to a degree, though it’s understandable that immigrants would want to support their families.
Cuba – Unclear but the US is #2 in overall tourism to the island, behind Canada, with over 280,000 visitors annually.
Here are the countries in the region that benefit most from money being sent back into to assist families.
Mexico – 2016: $28.6 billion (3% of GDP)
Guatemala – 2016: $7.5 billion (11% of GDP)
Dominican Republic - 2016 $5.5 billion (8% of GDP)
Colombia – 2016: $4.9 billion (2% of GDP)
So, yeah not insignificant by any means in any of those counties, the but influence in the DR and Guatemala is huge. In related news yesterday, the Trump administration ended the provision for a 5-year visa for Cubans. That is important because the more money that’s brought in from the outside into Cuba, the greater the power of the Castro regime.
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