A man who only gave his first name of Alfonso, center, leans against a mural depicting a coyote at a shelter for migrants after being deported Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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Mexico is starting to seriously contemplate the possibility that millions of its migrants could be deported, and the picture is not pretty. Under proposals put forward by President-elect Donald Trump, Mexico could see millions of people streaming back with no jobs available; the country might lose some of the billions of dollars in remittances sent home annually; and some jobless deportees could swell the ranks of drug cartels, sparking more violence.Migrants sent home almost $25 billion in remittances to Mexico in 2015, and experts say most of that went to support the most basic needs of the poorest Mexicans.Even if Trump seems to be walking back the idea of mass deportations, the prospect still remains frightening for people in Mexico.Even deporting only the felons would backfire by causing more violence in Mexico and Central America, he said.While millions of migrants in the United States illegally could ultimately face deportation, the process to find and deport all of them likely won't happen rapidly.Even in Mexico, many believe Trump will have to moderate his plans.
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