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Old 01-09-2013, 11:09 AM
 
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Sorry, but I would have to disagree with the previous poster about El Paso. Maybe it has been a long time since he/she has been here. And someone who is here as part of the military community will have a very different experience as someone who is not. Also, the more suburban-type areas of the city are more typically American. Obviously, the closer you are to any of the ports of entry, the more Mexicanized it will be.

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Places like El Paso, Laredo, San Diego etc, just on the border with Mexico. I read
on wikipedia the population of Laredo is 95 per cent Latin.

So I wonder how that affects the inner workings of those places.

For example, is everybody bilingual?

Most permanent residents are, but not all.

Is Spanish taught at schools?

Umm... Maybe in high school? (Don't most U.S. High Schools teach Spanish?) I didn't go to school in El Paso.

Would an Anglo have trouble getting a job if h/she doesnt speak Spanish?

Yes, it would make it much more difficult, especially if they wanted any sort of job dealing with costumers.

People living in those places feel isollated from the rest of the USA?

If you are not part of the military community here, then I would say maybe a little bit yes. The mentality here is definitely somewhat different from the rest of the country.

Everybody wears a cowboy hat? (at least most on them do on yotutube videos)

No, nobody does.

Does the Mexican drug cartels have any power there?

Yes, very much so. But most people don't realize that. It is not an obvious thing, and there is no cartel violence this side of the river.

Does the Anglos living there adopt Mexican traditions? (quinceañera, piñata, etc)

The ones who actually stay here long term, and aren't just here because they are stationed at Fort Bliss? Maybe. If they marry into the culture, then yes.

People there cross the border for shopping and partying?

Absolutely! Mostly people cross from Juarez to El Paso for partying and shopping and just about everything else. Because of the crime and violence in Juarez, people from El Paso mostly only go over there to visit their friends and relatives.

How similar or different are towns in each side of the border?
There are some parts of El Paso that feel very much as though you have already crossed the river, but overall the two cities are very, very different. Although there are always a lot of Juarenses here.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:12 AM
 
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Oh, sorry!! I didn't know how to do that correctly! (And just to be clear, my answers only apply to El Paso.)
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Victoria, where I live, is more than 50% Hispanic, but my answers also reflect the Rio Grande Valley (Brownsville/Harlingen/McAllen):

For example, is everybody bilingual?
---Absolutely not. Very few Anglos can speak Spanish, and Hispanics are enthusiastically preferring Enlgish

Is Spanish taught at schools?
---In some schools, it is not even permitted in the halls. To Anglo students, the same as any other foreign language would be taught in schools in any state.

Would an Anglo have trouble getting a job if h/she doesnt speak Spanish?
---Very few jobs would have that as a requirement, but it would often be an asset. Even Anglo cashiers can't speak Spanish, they'll call over a bilingual colleague to help a customer who can't speak English, or ask another customer to help.

People living in those places feel isollated from the rest of the USA?
---Not at all.

Everybody wears a cowboy hat? (at least most on them do on youtube videos)
---Only the old-timers.

Does the Mexican drug cartels have any power there?
---No, none whatsoever.

Does the Anglos living there adopt Mexican traditions? (quinceañera, piñata, etc)
---No.

People there cross the border for shopping and partying?
---Very few Anglos ever cross the border going south, for any reason.

How similar or different are towns in each side of the border?
---No similarity at all. US towns look like Oshkosh, and Mexican towns look like Bolivia.

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Old 01-10-2013, 06:53 PM
 
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Places like El Paso, Laredo, San Diego etc, just on the border with Mexico. I read on wikipedia the population of Laredo is 95 per cent Latin.

So I wonder how that affects the inner workings of those places.

For example, is everybody bilingual?

Is Spanish taught at schools?

Would an Anglo have trouble getting a job if h/she doesnt speak Spanish?

People living in those places feel isollated from the rest of the USA?

Everybody wears a cowboy hat? (at least most on them do on youtube videos)

Does the Mexican drug cartels have any power there?

Does the Anglos living there adopt Mexican traditions? (quinceañera, piñata, etc)

People there cross the border for shopping and partying?

How similar or different are towns in each side of the border?
I don't know if you were suggesting they would teach Spanish in school because of the population being largely of Mexican descent, but I'm from Massachusetts and they teach mandatory Spanish in elementary schools here.
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