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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Much of the news lately has been about the massive influx of Central American people crossing our borders. These people are dirt poor yet somehow seem to get enough money to pay “coyotes” to get them to America. Coyotes are human smugglers whose job is to get their cargo from one place to another.

In his book, “Moving Millions,” author Jeffrey Kaye says this migration of people is a global phenomenon. To cite just one example, he states that between 2000 and 2007, nearly 78,000 qualified nurses left the Philippines to work abroad. The author says this moving of nurses and other Filipino workers accounts for the Philippines' second largest source of export revenue, after electronics, and that the Philippine government exports nurses as they would export textiles.

This “coyote capitalism,” as the author calls it, is practiced by many businesses and governments. Kaye likens people to natural resources — supplies to be shifted around to meet demands. Less wealthy nations actually encourage their citizens to leave for both political and economic purposes, Kaye states.

George Wesolosky


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