But the women I met there are not Mexican. They’re not even from Latin America. They are asylum seekers from Ethiopia.
Their stories start with a brutal reality: If you don’t have a U.S. visa, you can’t just board a plane to New York City. You need to find another route.
Country after country let her through. Then, finally, she walked across a bridge into Brownsville, Texas.
CCTs (Conditional Cash Transfer —Ed) (like Brazil’s Bolsa Familia and Mexico’s Progresa/Oportunidades) aim at helping individuals who fall under a certain income threshold by giving them cash.
This cash allows them to act as consumers at the marketplace. The largest advantage of such a scheme is that it reduces politicians’ and bureaucrats’ discretion to make decisions for the people and lets the people make the decisions themselves. (Emphasis added —Ed)