More women head Latin American households

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Reply Tue 6 Nov, 2007 11:18 am
Chile is suffering a manpower shortage for reasons that are not entirely clear. However it's pretty clear why Mexico is short of able-bodied men, according to this article found on a blog:

Translation of an article written by a columnist in a Monterrey, Mexico newspaper (From an Internet blog):

12 of July of 2007
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Mexico laments its losses

Newspaper editorials and social activists in Mexico are bemoaning the nation's loss of able-bodied young men to the United States. Activists are complaining and voicing displeasure over the fact that millions of Mexican husbands and fathers have been enticed and compelled to migrate to the U.S. seeking to pave a way to a better life for their families and loved ones left behind in Mexico.

As the out-of-control exodus continues, some editorials are suggesting the U.S. Government offer restitution to the Mexican people for robbing Mexico of its talented young men whom are being exploited by a callous society in the U.S. Some say the migration of their men to the U.S. has created a vacuum which has sucked out and stolen the very soul, essence and talent of their country.

The lack of man power at home affects all walks of life: small family based businesses; millions of peasants; thousands of students; artists; school teachers; and skilled technicians who have fallen victim to the lure for higher salaries in the promised land. Crops in thousands of small farms all across the Mexican countryside go unattended due to the ever increasing drain on Mexico's manpower.

Moreover, the crisis has placed a severe psychological strain on the women of Mexico who must now struggle to raise their children and survive without their men folk. Many of these women are suffering from emotional distress due to the prolonged absence of traditional men of the house and breadwinners.

Political activists claim the U.S. should voluntarily provide financial aid to Mexico to help compensate for its losses of skilled and valuable young men to higher paying jobs in America. Some are suggesting that in addition to financial aid, the U.S. should consider dispatching National Guard troops and legions of Peace Corps volunteers to help make up for the loss of manpower in Mexico's cities, villages and haciendas.

A columnist in a Monterrey, Mexico newspaper recommends the Mexican Government sue the U.S. at the International Court of the Hague for restitution due to damages resulting from the drain of Mexico's valuable human resources.
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Reply Tue 6 Nov, 2007 11:37 am
easyasabc, welcome to A2K and thanks for the information. One of the joys of NAFTA, no doubt.

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