::picks (nose) and chews::
. Why aren't their marches and protests in the streets of Mexico or Nicaragua demanding less gov't corruption, greater civil rights, etc.?
I have been to Mexico, I do speak fluent Spanish, and I spent several years doing volunteer work with Latin American people (which led to many conversations). So my answer is YES.Your analogy about L.A. and Orange County is pretty ridiculous-in fact they are nowhere near the same. It isn't illegal to move to Orange County, it is to move to the U.S. without documentation. There may me protests in Latin American countries, but NOT all of the time (nice try). Even if we open up our borders and let everyone in who wants to come, that won't end poverty in those countries. If anything it will prolong the reign of corrupt governments. These governments encourage the poor to emigrate to America, where they make money and send it back to their families. This money gets put back into the system (taxes, basic necessities, bribes), which ends up in the pockets corrupt officials. 1/4 of Guatemala's GDP comes from money sent back from Guatemalans working outside the country. And for the record, most Latin Americans that I spoke with would much rather have stayed in their country. Coming to the U.S. to work in difficult jobs and being taken advantage of, while often having to live in inadequate housing wasn't their idea of a good time. They left because there are opportunities here.