How do Mexicans feel about Americans moving to Mexico?

Dear Mexican: I'm wondering how Mexicans feel about the communities of American expats springing up all over Mexico (especially those who live near or in these communities)? Also, are there places in Mexico where it doesn't get so hot that Americans are generally pretty comfortable year 'round? Could you name a couple of regions or areas? You know there may come a time when hordes of Americans start moving to rural Mexico seeking a lifestyle with less stress, less air pollution, fresh locally grown food, etc.

Listo Pa' Jubilarme

Dear Ready to Retire: Hombre, not all of Mexico is the Sonoran Desert, you know? The great thing about the Empire of the Sun is that there are climates for everyone. Like the Caribbean experience? Veracruz is for you. Prefer something a bit cooler, but just as colonial? San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, es para ti! Love more of a surfer lifestyle? Baja, baby! Or love the mysticism that is massive rainstorms in an urban area? Mexico City, chulo, Mexico City! All the places I mentioned, by the way, have robust gabacho communities, just some of the half-million Yankees estimated by the State Department to live south of the border year 'round, and the mucho more who pop in for a couple of months. Mexicans tolerate those gabachos, although we can't stand that many of them don't assimilate, are loud and don't bother to learn the native language. But we don't worry too much: We've ensured that they can't amass too much power by banning foreign ownership of land, disallowing birthright citizenship and making it fiendishly difficult for them to find work, measures enacted so that we don't end up with the same immigrant morass the United States has with you-know-quien.

Dear Mexican: Will I ever be able to tame my spicy ecuatoriana? She keeps talking mucha basura about Mexico and talks about Ecuador like it was the Estados Unidos! Shut my spicy one up once and for all!

Bicho Raro

Dear Oddball: Ecuador? We gave the country its greatest achievement in its two-century existence by allowing her to play our soccer squad to a 1-1 draw earlier this year, and have fed information to Ecuadorian officials in our respective Pyrrhic drug wars — and that's how she pays us back? Your chica has no reason to hate on Mexico, and definitely has no reason to wistfully reminisce about a country whose greatest contribution to human society is teaching us that guinea pigs make a tasty dinner. Ecuador is so forgettable that Colombians make fun of their own citizens for sounding like Ecuadorians. I suspect your chica is just tired of people mistaking her for a Mexican in this country, kind of how everyone in South America mistakes Ecuadorians for Peruvians, or she's absorbed too much Know Nothing anti-Mexican rhetoric. Since I suspect you're a Mexi, you know what to do: Let the words and arguments come to a silence, and let the chorizo run rampant over her Andes.

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK: Dave Zirin is not a Mexican, but he might be the last sportswriter in America who thinks the coming Major League Baseball All-Star game in Arizona should still be moved due to the state's reprehensible anti-Mexican SB 1070 bill. Zirin has always sided with the undocumented and blasted Know Nothings across the board, and his proudly progressive politics and sharp mind forge some of the most gripping columns published in this country — and that his subject matter happens to be sports, historically the refuge of apolitical pendejadas? Someone buy Zirin a bottle of Corralejo! Read more over at www.edgeofsports.com, and for Christ's sake, buy his A People's History of Sports already!

 
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Amandahugnkiss49
Amandahugnkiss49

No one cares what language you speak, how you look, political views, sexuality (for the most part), or how old you are. Getting documentation to become a legal there is simple, just bribe them. Thats how most south Americans get around it. The closer to the U.S border the more hostility you might see, so I would suggest Veracruz. You'll find that most foreigners get all the good jobs than the indigenous, like the actors lawyers and stuff because the're white.

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Hot Yahoo User Dude

Do you really think they would care why should they, they all live here. Mexicans I am sure they are nice people but all they know how to do is have kids sell drugs and cause very very serious car accidents. If they are unable to speak 100% clear english and have proper documents they can stay if not you are not wanted in the US. Get the hell out of here. Are their really any Mexicans still in Mexico I thought they all lived in LA and Co.

Boris_Badenoff
Boris_Badenoff

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“Mexicans tolerate those gabachos, although we can't stand that many of them don't assimilate, are loud and don't bother to learn the native language. But we don't worry too much: We've ensured that they can't amass too much power by banning foreign ownership of land, disallowing birthright citizenship and making it fiendishly difficult for them to find work, measures enacted so that we don't end up with the same immigrant morass the United States has with you-know-quien.”

Interesting how so many demand from the U.S. what they themselves deny everyone else...

Girasol sur
Girasol sur

Puerto Vallarta also has a large Canadian and American expat population, as do Mazatlan and Manzanillo - all of which are on the west coast. Puerto Vallarta for example has beautiful coastline, whale watching and beaches on one side, with the Sierra Madres and jungle on the other. It makes it very easy to explore old colonial towns like San Sebastian and San Blas. Guadalahara and the town of Tequila are a few hours drive away with their history and culture. Puerto Vallarta has a very strong arts scene and excellent dining. The temperature is almost always moderate and they seldom experience the severe earthquakes, hurricanes, etc that some other areas experience.

No doubt some Mexicans resent the Canadian and American expats moving to their country, but I would like to think they also appreciate the employment and business opportunities this represents. While there are many highly educated, successful Mexicans, there are still many more people, especially out in the country, who do not even have the opportunity to go to school. Or, many are only able to go to school for a few years which is unlikely to get them into a well paying professional career.

One thing I do not like is the proliferation of 'gated communities' that seem to be designed to replicate the suburban neighborhoods of Canada and the US. The inhabitants don't seem to want to enjoy or embrace Mexico, it's more like hiding from Mexico and Mexicans inside of a Disney-esque enclave with some developer's idea of Mexican-like surroundings. They are not so much getting away from it all as bringing 'it all' with them.

On that note, I don't care for the big-box stores and malls that seem to be becoming more and more prevalent, at least in PV. I beleive expats should, whenever feasible, support Mexican businesses and services. Still, the big box stores and malls presumably mean more jobs for Mexicans so some of them might see this as an advantage.

While I am no expert on what Mexicans think, these are my impressions based on almost two decades of travelling to Mexico on a regular basis, and taking a keen interest in Mexican affairs since I plan to move there for part of the year when I retire.

 
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