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We are like that. We like to think of ourselves as winners: we have the exceptional ability to turn any setback into a breakthrough. But sometimes even that doesn’t work – and those who are used to it working don’t realize it.

A few days ago, an article here addressed one of the most popular topics in the language in recent years: the rise of Spanish in the United States. I always say it: If I were a politician or official from a Hispanic country, I would go to great lengths to hide the fact that there are now approximately 60 million people in the United States who can speak our language. They present it as a triumph of who knows what and there is no longer any gross evidence of failure.

Spanish isn’t spoken as much in the United States because the great-grandchildren of Italians, Poles, Irish, and other immigrants from the mayflower suddenly decided that they could no longer live without reading Góngora and Shakira in the original. So much Spanish is the result that there are about 25 million American –and their children and grandchildren – who live in this country because they migrated: because our countries didn’t know how to offer them the life they wanted, they deserved, and they looked further afield.

Migration is the most definitive opinion about society itself: I can’t here, I can’t here. Emigration is the greatest renunciation of any common search: since we will not save each other together, I go alone, far away, I break. Migration is pure desperation, pure desperation, hope far displaced. And it is also a great loss for the societies that suffer: it is legitimate to believe that those who migrate – those who dare this quest – are the most determined, those who can do most to improve their groups to enhance. Each migrant is another figure in a country’s failure account.

And we have never emigrated so much – never before have so many believed so little in their countries. According to the UN, in 1990 there were around 12 million American living outside Now they are over 30: almost three times as many in 30 years. This means, among other things, that 20 million people decided to leave during this period. Few collective movements have as many followers as this one, which despises collective solutions.

With 8% of the world population, American We are 15% of the world’s emigrants: we migrate twice as much as the average. Twelve million native Mexicans live – legally or illegally – on the other side of the Rio Grande; Mexico is the country with the most refugees, after India, which has ten times the population. And Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Peru each have more than a million in the United States.

Many are in California, Texas, New Mexico, Illinois, Florida, New York. Three out of four American domestic workers—cleaning, laundry, cooking, child and elder care—are American They are usually illegal, like so many bricklayers, harvest hands, janitors, garbage collectors, cooks, versatile and cheap labour. It is convenient for the “market” that a number of immigrants continue to be illegal: they are paid much less, and they save on contracts, social security contributions, various obligations. In return, many illegals pay no taxes; The most powerful country in the world is playing dumb for the good of some of its subjects: those who exploit this illegal labor.

These migrants serve North American society, of course, to endure these despised jobs, but also to embody evil and take it to a foreign place, something that – almost – all societies are determined to do. The Jews – or blacks or Arabs or outcasts or Charnegos or evil man- They are a basic input of every country with certain airs: a group of guilty, those villains who, through opposition, make you feel like you’re on the side of the good guys. The simplest and dumbest way to form a we.

Meanwhile, these individual, individualistic heroes produce another paradox. Their loss of confidence in their countries benefits both countries: their remittances – the money they send home to their relatives – remain intact to millions. According to the World Bank, the region received around 120,000 million dollars from its emigrants in 2021. The Mexicans sent their country 54,000 million: almost twice as much as, for example, oil exports. In El Salvador, the 7,500 million remittances account for more than a quarter of gross product, and the shares are similar in Guatemala – 15,400 million – or in Honduras – 7,200 million: countries whose main economic activity is the export of people in its form of work Die The poor who have not found their place are more and more the rejected saviors of their homeland.

For this they endure lives that are not theirs, which few would want – and they endure them generally in Spanish in a country that does not speak Spanish -. That he’s talking more about it now is the measure of our failure. When Americans speak as much—or as little—Spanish as they do French, German, Chinese, we have something to congratulate ourselves on. In the meantime, ladies and gentlemen, I recommend playing dumb, it works so well for you.

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