Mexico’s ‘crisis’ of ‘white, wealthy’ people has ‘unprecedented’ effect on the country
Mexico is “in a crisis,” with millions of “white, affluent” people in the country living in poverty and many of them being unable to access basic services because of immigration policies that are “unprecendented,” the president of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography told a Senate committee on Tuesday.
President Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office in October, said in an interview with reporters that “crisis is real,” adding that Mexicans are facing a “massive crisis of a social crisis” that is “unforecedented” in modern Mexican history.
While Mexico has the highest homicide rate in the Americas, it has also seen a sharp rise in violence.
The country is currently battling a drug epidemic that has killed thousands, while a growing number of residents are now worried about the rising costs of living and are turning to violence.
The government’s goal of having more than one million new jobs by the end of 2018 is also coming to fruition, with the unemployment rate falling to 5.5 percent, according to the government’s statistics office.
The United States, Mexico’s top trading partner, has also welcomed the new measures.
In a joint statement Tuesday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Mexico’s Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said they are “committed to improving Mexico’s economic situation and the safety and security of its citizens, including in light of recent events.”