(Tijuana, Mexico), Enrique Gonzales, a 33 year old Mexican laborer, says he would still like to live in the United States even though his country now has a higher standard of living.
"The only reason is I have family there", Gonzales explained to a reporter. "Mexico is a better country, the weather is better, the food is better, there are more jobs, housing is cheaper and most US jobs are coming here. But my father lives in LA and he wants me to come".
The US is faced with a shrinking dollar, plummeting housing costs, inflation, massive federal debt, tremendous war bills, job layoffs, skyrocketing fuel costs, inferior schools and international competition among other things. Mexico, on the other hand, is a growing and progressive nation.
One US official said that one of the reasons for the US recession is because the US has been deporting hard working Mexican workers back to their own country where they have continued working hard and have prospered. Meanwhile, the US agricultural industry, factories and other manual labor industries have floundered because Americans don't want to work for low pay.
"There was once a time when Mexicans, Chinese and citizens from other nations did most of the hard work in this country", said Emilio Gonzales (no relation), outgoing director of the United States Citizenship and immigration services. "Now we can't even find a 16 year old to sweep a frickin floor".
Gonzales claims that since the US started entering a recession he can make better money and enjoy a better quality of life in Mexico.
"On second though, maybe I'll just bring my father here", Gonzales conceded.