Good News on the Immigration Front

It appears that Mexican immigration into the US may be beneficial to Mexico’s future. Consider this news:

Exposing so many Mexicans directly to the U.S.’s democratic system of government has increased support for, and participation in, democracy back home.

Drawing on the results of a 2006 public opinion poll of 650 Mexican citizens, they conclude that migration “leads to higher rates of nonelectoral political participation, greater tolerance of political and social difference, and more critical evaluations of both democracy and observance of rights in Mexico.”

Specifically, they found that having friends or relatives who have migrated to the U.S. or Canada “greatly raises one’s proclivity toward democratic participation.”

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