- In Axochiapan, the lure of American money has created a town where fathers and husbands are absent for years on end, women are left alone to raise the children, and the community is growing increasingly dependent on money made elsewhere.
- In the village of Jomulquillo, a couple of hours from the city of Zacatecas, what hits you as soon as you arrive is the silence. One of the few locals remaining there says that at the moment there are 80 people living in the village - 300 live in Los Angeles. With the empty houses, the closed windows and locked doors, this feels like a ghost town. But the pain of families being separated is somewhat compensated by these remittances that, in the case of Zacatecas, not only help the relatives but also their villages of origin.
- Critics argue that dependence on remittances can impair local initiative and create no incentives for people to move forward.
- Women now outnumber men in rural areas and the women have problems finding suitable marriage partners.
- Young adults tend to migrate, leaving ageing communities behind. With fewer children these communities will gradually die out.
- Hundreds of illegal immigrants who cross into the US from Mexico have died in the scorching heat of the Arizona desert.