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Old 02-11-2008, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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XMIQUILPAN, Mexico - At a time when countless Mexicans risk their lives to illegally emigrate to the United States and shootouts among drug lords continue to dominate the news, it's understandable why Mexico might be perceived as a place with little hope.

Yet in places such as this tourist town that caters to the burgeoning middle class outside Mexico City, many Mexicans say their future looks brighter than it has in generations.

On weekends, a line of Chevrolet hatchbacks and other inexpensive new cars snakes into parking lots at the town's waterslide parks. There, tourists munch on $2 corn dogs, snap pictures with digital cameras and spend some of their modest incomes. Every year their numbers grow, the town's tourism department said. And every year they have a little more cash to spend.
Arizona Republic article (broken link)

Something is a'changin' SOB------and, it looks very good for both us Gringos as well as illegal immigrants from Mexico.

Which may very well take a lot of the 'sting' out of our multiplying Employer Sanctions Laws here in this country------rendering them moot in 5-10 years. Read that Mexico will need those repatriated workers------especially being that many of them will have good job skills, work ethic and a decent command of both spoken and written English

As I have opined on in the past: Mexico is at a crossroads; either she grows up (which Mx has the capability of doing so), or SOB will explode in an ugly civil war.

It is Mexico's choice.

(although in all fairness, with the birthrate there dipping down to replacement level------that alone will take a huge strain off of society)
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Old 02-11-2008, 08:54 AM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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I agree. Personally, I think that Mexico has very bright future and is successfully - though not without some pain - making the transition from a second-rate backwards country to a modern one. This will not happen overnight of course, but I believe it IS happening - as it is happening in many places around the world.

The fact is, the world is changing from one dominated by the US and where pretty much only the US enjoyed a wide-spread top-grade standard of living, to one where more and more people around the world are being able to live a modern lifestyle as well. I also believe that whereas the 20th Century was dominated by the rise of the US and the collapse of the European Colonial System, the 21st Century may come to be labeled as China and India's Century.

Some people complain that the US is on a downhill path - and while this MAY be true I think it is often confused with the fact that the rest of the world is simply catching up to us after we enjoyed a tremendous head start after WW II - so that it appears that we are going downhill, when in fact much of what is happening is merely a leveling of the playing field.

Of course the fact that so many people around the world are joining into our consumer-based lifestyle brings with it a whole new set of problems for everyone.

... but that's another story.

Ken
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Old 02-11-2008, 09:48 AM
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Location: Denver
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Thank you ArizonaBear for posting something positive.

Mexico is hiring, they are currently in a housing boom, don't be surprised to see Americans begin migration there over the next 10-15 years.
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Old 02-11-2008, 09:58 AM
 
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The best solution to the immigration problem is to improve Mexico's economy. It will be far more effective than any fence or draconian law.
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Old 02-11-2008, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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The best solution to the immigration problem is to improve Mexico's economy. It will be far more effective than any fence or draconian law.
Improving Mexico's economy is the job of the Mexican government, not the US taxpayer.

Could you give us an example of the 'draconian' laws you speak of, or is that just a bit of hysterical hyperbole??
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:43 PM
 
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The best solution to the immigration problem is to improve Mexico's economy. It will be far more effective than any fence or draconian law.
Since every nation on earth has immigration law, I guess the whole world is draconian. We are the world!

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Old 02-11-2008, 04:13 PM
 
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Thank you ArizonaBear for posting something positive.

Mexico is hiring, they are currently in a housing boom, don't be surprised to see Americans begin migration there over the next 10-15 years.
Foreigners in Mexico cannot own any land property, whatsoever. Very strict laws on foreigners in Mexico.
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Old 02-11-2008, 04:20 PM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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Foreigners in Mexico cannot own any land property, whatsoever.
Not true. Foreigners can apparently directly own property that is not within the "Forbidden Zones" of 100 kilometers of the Mexican border and 50 kilometers of its coasts - and even within these restricted areas, foreign ownership is still possible under a fideicomiso, or bank trust:

MEXonline.com guide to Buying Property in Mexico - Real Estate

Ken
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Old 02-11-2008, 04:44 PM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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PS - I've seen articles listing the numbers of Americans living in Mexico running from below 150,000 up to 500,000 or so.

Whatever the number, there are certainly a fair number of Americans living quite happily in Mexico - many of them probably owning property. I know that during our trip to Puerto Vallarta a few years back we ran into a number of Americans and Canadians who LOVED living in Mexico and would not even consider moving back home.

Ken
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Old 02-11-2008, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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Not true. Foreigners can apparently directly own property that is not within the "Forbidden Zones" of 100 kilometers of the Mexican border and 50 kilometers of its coasts - and even within these restricted areas, foreign ownership is still possible under a fideicomiso, or bank trust:

MEXonline.com guide to Buying Property in Mexico - Real Estate

Ken
Such being the case: Mexico needs modify its property laws to mirror US regulations......or, Mexican nationals' land ownership should be restricted in the same manner here.
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