Thursday, October 19, 2006

Wiring Money Home

An immigrant-rights group is spearheading a class-action suit filed against Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, alleging that his office illegally seized millions of dollars in Western Union wires as part of its campaign to shut down money laundering by border smugglers.  The story is here.

Relatedly, today's San Antonio Express News reports that immigrants send back $24 billion in remittances to Mexico each year.  "The top five states for immigrants sending money to families back in [Mexico and other parts of] Latin America are: California: $13.3 billion, Texas: 5.2 billion, New York: $3.7 billion, Florida: $3.1 billion and Illinois: $2.6 billion."  That story is here.


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