LatinaLista — On this Father’s Day, as we honor Dad for all that he does, it’s interesting to note that across the border in Mexico, today is also Father’s Day.
The country’s National Population Council or Conapo released some interesting facts about their country’s fathers which was reported in the Mexico City daily El Universal.
The most striking element is that there are 1.3 million Mexican fathers who are between the ages of 15 and 24. They are part of the larger number of 20.8 million who live with their children. Of the 18.9 million who work, 656,000 don’t receive a salary, 10.8 million work two jobs earning minimum wage, 5.3 million work more than 2 up to 5 jobs and 2.1 million work more than 5 jobs.
Which all goes to show, for the 1.3 million who are young and have family responsibilities and there is the prospect of working only one or two jobs and earning decent money to support their families, wall or no wall, immigration enforcement or not, it’s no wonder that the risks of crossing the border illegally doesn’t weigh as much on their minds as the idea of not being able to feed their families.
Wouldn’t it be better for Mexico and the US to create a program where they can come, work and earn money legally without having to sacrifice going months and years without seeing their families?
When that day arrives, it will truly be a happy Father’s Day for all fathers.