Life in the poorest city in the US – BBC News

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In the tiny city of Escobares, Texas, 62% of residents live below the poverty line.

That’s the highest rate of any US city with more than 1,000 people, according to the 2016 US Census Bureau survey.

Directly on the US-Mexico border, the city struggles with crime and unemployment.

But local officials say they’re trying hard to lift Escobares out of the cycle of poverty.

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38 COMMENTS

  1. Seriously these people need to stop waiting for people to come to them. These people need to reach out, and tell everyone what their town/city has to offer. Don't make it sound like a dump. Instead make it sound like a blank canvas. This town/city can do so much that others can't. This town/city can be flexible.

  2. There's so much potential:
    Movies/tv shows could be made there.
    The mayor could set up small business loans for the people to teach Spanish over the internet.
    Festivals similar to Conchella, Woodstock, etc could be held there.

  3. Conservatives like to argue about democratic run large cities, struggling with poverty, while neglecting to inform their base that most of the poorest STATES are republican run. Including THE poorest town, which exists in a "red state" (Texas).

  4. when   u come  to america…not technically skilled… you cannot compete with americans…  we are moving toward a robotic… technical beyond belief economy.. these Mexicans with maybe.. a 10'th grade education.. cannot compete..problem with mainly illegal immigration.. many americans are not ready let  alone uneducated Mexicans and   central  americans !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. He should take a little bit of whatever taxes they have and send the top 10 high school graduates to business school with a contract to come back for 5 years. (or agricultural school if the land is right/available.)

  6. "Trabajad, trabajad, proletarios, para aumentar la fortuna social y vuestras miserias individuales; trabajad, trabajad para que, haciendos cada vez más poles tengáis más razón we trabajor y de ser miserables."

  7. Jane O’Brien, Laura Trevelyan, and on rare occasion, Katty Kay; what do these three ladies have in common, they are all BBC World News Anchors, that when ever they appear, one can rest assured, are best dressed for their performance, in up to the minute in blond dyed hair, which has fast become the new standard for on-screen female television news anchoring, don’t ever tune to a news program without at least one in resident on set…for you most certainly will regret the time spent and consider yourself having been cheated…and not been given your full dose of on-screen fakery, and you’d be wise to fact check their reporting, thinking it might be bias for ratings like their appearance is most certainly is…

  8. This is what the US is going to turn into once Latinos become the majority. 62% of this town live below poverty meaning 62+% live off government handouts. The Latino mentality in Latin America as well as in the US is to depend on government and not to be self-reliant, Escobares is a great example, the people are waiting for employers to knock on their doors to offer them jobs instead of doing whatever it takes to find a job

  9. OMG, by all means, let’s make the rest of Texas and the U.S. a hellhole just like Escobares. Let them all in so they can pop out some more mouths for someone else to feed. I find it fascinating that such people complain of no food to eat and yet they always seem to have the energy to breed, why is that?

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