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Outbound pedestrian traffic at the Port of Nogales’ DeConcini Crossing in Nogales, Arizona on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Payments from Arizona to Mexico have more than tripled, from $459.2 million in 2013 to $1.73 billion in 2021, according to reports from the Bank of Mexico.

WASHINGTON — The economic upheaval of the pandemic did little to slow the amount of money sent home to Mexico by workers in Arizona, with those payments growing faster in 2020 than at any point the past nine years.

The surge in remittances — money that workers in one nation send back to their home country — was part of a run during which payments from Arizona to Mexico more than tripled, from $459.2 million in 2013 to $1.73 billion in 2021, according to reports from the Bank of Mexico.