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    An individual sending money to his family members (or whomever else he chooses) in another country is not a component of a welfare state -- as per your cited article it is a remittance. A welfare state is government-sponsored wealth redistribution; remittance is not.

    Also, the article does not mention what workers are doing to earn the money they remit to other countries. It is not necessarily demeaning -- a medical doctor can remit money if he so chooses. You are assuming things that are not in the article and are not quantified. Those who are remitting money have made a choice to do so. Perhaps you don't agree with their choice, but they obviously do.

    You are correct in saying that people lived before globalization and before America, but some did starve. The article talks about how much money some countries get in remittances and that remittances acount for 10% of the GDP in 38 countries. This means that a lot of countries are better off because of remittances -- people are eating better and have a higher standard of living.

    There is no such decision of starvation or slave labor -- there is no evidence to support that. Free trade does allow capital to move into these other countries. If farmers are displaced, that means that they were inefficient producers who could make more money and a better living doing something else. They have discovered this and are doing it, which is why they are doing better now than they have in the past.

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    Big, NAFTA was intended to deliver jobs in Mexico and it has, but no where near enough. Don't you think Mexicans would stay at home if there was enough work that paid a wage close to what they can send home from the US? The same goes for similar situations in other countries. They send money to keep the families from starving, etc., They can make more money here working the lower tier jobs than what they can make back in Mexico. Those that make an effort to learn the language do far better than those that don't.

    It is clear they see opportunity here, the same opportunity your mother and father saw in coming to the US, the same opportunity every other immigrant saw coming here in the 1800's, 1900's and now 2000's. Do all of them succeed, no, but they're offspring faired far better. Even back then, immigrants were mailing money back home to support the family and eventually funding their immgration here to the US.

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    "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

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