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A10 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS INTERNATIONAL SUNDAY, JUNE 18,2006 Mansions blossom in the Mexican desert By IOAN GRILLO ASSOCIATED PRESS BOYE, Mexico — Clementina Arellano grew up with her six brothers in a shack in this dusty Mexican hamlet. Now 42, she's raising her sons in a spacious, 10- room mansion with Roman-style pillars at the doorway and a garden full of flowers and singing birds. How did she transform her fortunes so dramatically? By waiting tables and sweating in a furniture factory for about 10 years in Hickory, N.C., and sending home up to $500 a month. A couple of doors down, Berta Olgin, lives under a leaky roof, with skinny sheep gnawing at sparse patches of grass in her yard. Her sons all decided to stay in Mexico to work as farmers or laborers, earning about $10 a day. The two women are a vivid illustration of why so many Mexicans head north from this arid valley in central Mexico. Those who make it to the U.S. send dollars to carve out a Mexican dream between gnarled cacti and jagged rocks. Those who stay behind condemn another generation to a life deprived of material privileges. This is the reason millions of men and women risk their lives crossing deserts and rivers to sneak into the United States, and keep at it even as lawmakers in Washington argue over a sweeping crackdown. Olgin, 67, is growing old surrounded by family, a pleasure that may be denied to many whose children have left. But sometimes she regrets her own children didn't join the exodus. "I see that some people around here have got money to burn," she said, looking enviously across a dirt street at a group of workmen finishing the home of a man working in Hickory. Briefs Palestinian foreign minister Coalition forces attack to keep funneling cash camps in Afghanistan MARCO UGARTE / Associated Press A view of the newly renovated church in the town of Boye, Mexico. The schoolhouse, village church and even the paved main streets were built with funds from Mexicans north of the border working multiple jobs and sending greenbacks south. Last year, Mexican migrants sent home a record $20 billion, making them Mexico's biggest foreign earner after oil, according Mexico's Central Bank. In the first four months of this year, the amount was $7 billion, a 25 percent increase over the same period last year. Half of it flows into poor villages like Boye, a corn-growing community of 900 people founded by Otomi Indians long before Europeans came to the Americas. The men and women of Boye began heading north around 1990, after farm prices slumped. The U.S. economy was soon to enter its longest peacetime boom, and over the next 15 years, Boye sent more than 300 people over the border, mainly to North Carolina, town officials say. Their dollars are seen everywhere in sun-soaked Boye. The schoolhouse, village church and even the paved main streets were built with funds from "61 Norte," sent by migrant clubs in the US. that collect donations from former residents. The most startling spectacle is the houses. Families of migrants have ripped away their corrugated-iron shacks and built ostentatious brick homes over their ancestral plots of farm land. Nicolas Sanchez, 34, proud owner of a gated residence on the edge of Boye, first trekked over the Sonora desert and headed to Hickory when he was 21. He labored by day in a furniture factory, starting at $6 an hour. At night, he worked at Taco Bell. "It's hard when you arrive in a strange country and spend all your time working," Sanchez said in English, sitting with his young son in a Ford pickup truck. "You have to be strong and keep your eyes on the prize." Sanchez wired back at least $500 a month to his parents, who collected it in pesos at a nearby town. They used about half for their living expenses and invested the rest in building a new family homo. With free land, a wealth of raw materials in the region and an abundance of cheap labor, the two-story house was built for a little over $10,000. Alfredo Martinez, 41, headmaster of the village elementary school, says up to 80 percent of Boye's schoolchildren drop out to sneak over the border. Very few villagers come back to start successful businesses, he said. In fact, many of Boye's young men and women settle down north of the border and never return, leaving the town dotted by half-finished skeletons of lavish homes. GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An official of the Palestinians' Hamas-led government who returned from a seven-nation trip with $20 million in his luggage said Saturday that he would continue to funnel money across the Egyptian border despite European objections. The European monitoring mission has complained that the entry of money through the Rafah crossing violated a U.S.-brokered agreement giving Palestinians control over the entry point after Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip last year. But the Hamas government is nearly bankrupt from international financial sanctions over its refusal to renounce violence against Israel, and Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar promised to ignore European pressure and carry cash across the border into Gaza. "We are going to continue to bring money in through Rafah crossing. This is a legal process. We are not going to allow anyone to prevent us," Zahar told reporters. Zahar is one of two Cabinet ministers to cart in suitcases stuffed with cash in the past week to help the Palestinian administration, which has seen numerous protests and violent outbursts from its unpaid employees. Speaking in English, Zahar also said a recent Iranian pledge of $50 million in cash, 300 cars and two aircraft would be delivered soon to the Palestinian government. He praised a plan endorsed Friday by European Union leaders to channel humanitarian aid to the impoverished Palestinian areas through non-governmental groups, but he condemned their freeze on funding for the Hamas- led administration. Make the Day of a Loved One with a Happy Birthday Adi tsh Your Parents or Fri Happy Anniversary! KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan and coalition troops killed about 45 insurgents in attacks on Taliban camps in southern Afghanistan as U.S.-led forces pressed on with their largest offensive since 2001, military officials said Saturday. A total of about 85 suspected militants have been killed in the past week as some 10,000 U.S.-led troops spread out over four southern provinces in the campaign dubbed Operation Mountain Thrust aimed at quelling a Taliban resurgence. An estimated 40 fighters were killed Friday when coalition forces surprised militants as they gathered at a camp in Khod Valley, part of Shahidi Hassas district of Uruzgan province, the military said. "Coalition forces have delivered a quick and severe blow to the enemy today," said spokesman Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick. One U.S. soldier was wounded in the raid. He was later listed in stable condition. Viola M. Sack Dec. 5,1926 to May 23,2006 The family of Viola M. Sack would like to thank the following people for their help, kindness and moral support at our time of sorrow for the loss of our Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother. Our thanks go to: Hays Medical Center, Dr. Michael Green and his staff for the care they gave to our wife and mother while she was in the hospital. Gary Boeve and his staff at Brock's North Hill Chapel for taking care of all the arrangements' special care. 'St. Joseph's Church, Fr. Gervase Degenhardt, Fr. Michael Scully Provincial Minister, Fr. 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