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Mexican middle class 'BOOMS' with work in U.S.

Mexican middle class 'BOOMS' with work in U.S.

By William Booth and Nick Miroff, Monday, July 23, 6:24 PM

SANTA MARIA DEL REFUGIO, Mexico — For a generation, the men of this town have headed north to the land of the mighty dollar, breaking U.S. immigration laws to dig swimming pools in Memphis and grind meat in Chicago.

In the United States, they were illegal aliens. Back home, they are new entrepreneurs using the billions of dollars earned “on the other side” to create a Mexican middle class.

The migrants “did something bad to do something good,” said Mexican economist Luis de la Calle.