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I Am an Immigrant to Mexico

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I am not an expat. I am an immigrant to Mexico, which is defined as someone who comes to live permanently in a country not of their birth.

I immigrated to Mexico from the United States 28 years ago and was welcomed by this country and its people. I was given opportunities to study and work, to establish myself in the community, to make friends and create a wonderful life for myself. I was not fleeing a war-torn country or a military dictatorship. I was not starving or abused. My life was not at risk. But I was white, and that gave me all the advantages in the world.

This blog is not a political forum, but what is happening right now on the border between Mexico and the United States cannot be ignored. The separation of thousands of children from their parents was a monumental and stomach-turning violation of human rights, and anyone who turned a blind-eye was as guilty as those who were implementing this hideous policy.

Although the U.S. government yielded to the will of the American people and global moral outrage, thousands of children are still not with their parents and those that are can only be incarcerated for no more than 20 days. The policy unknowns and continuing criminal internments of families seeking asylum in the United States are unconscionable and staining the moral leadership of America.

Here are some things that you can do to help now and hopefully prevent more immoral policies and actions in the future by the United States government.

1. Donate to Support the Legal Fight. Here are some organizations that are trying to help:

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

American Bar Association

South Texas Pro Bono

Texas Civil Rights Project

RAICES

Border Angels

ActBlue

I donated through ActBlue, which divides the donation among 12 different organizations, and I am a monthly contributor to the ACLU.

2. Foster a child if you are able. There are religious and other organizations working to help find foster families for these children.

3. Contact the politicians in your state – on both sides of the aisle. Let them know how you feel and how you are going to vote come November.

4. March. On June 30, 2018 there are marches being organized throughout the country – check the news for protests in your area.

Most importantly, vote. Elections have consequences, which, sadly, we have been witnessing.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for this blog. I’ve donated. I’ve contacted all of my representatives. I’m embarrassed and ashamed of what’s happening here.

  2. You are a bleeding heart liberal. According to you the USA has no right to enforce immigration laws. LAWS.
    I too am naturalized in MX and think the current president and the wannabe are making serious errors in judgement by assisting people from wherever to flow through Mexico and invade the USA.
    If the US shuts the door will you take in countless people and personally look after them?
    I doubt it.

    • Immigration laws should be enforced. Separating children is the issue here and it is NOT law. It is the current white house resident’s policy. The U.S. needs to reform it’s immigration laws making it more streamlined and accessible to people who are seeking asylum while protecting the borders and not violating civility, decency and human rights.

  3. Thank you for this post – and for raising consciousness of outlets who are trying to make a positive difference in the world! Only Americans seem to refer to themselves as “expats” lest they sound like one of those “other people.” I too am grateful for Mexico’s openness and hospitality to those of us who choose to live here. As for the gentleman who calls you a “bleeding heart”, is it not preferable to having a heart of stone and caring only for oneself? The world simply works better if we all have empathy for one another. As for “laws”, they are written to protect the privileges of the elite class, and rarely do they have any strong moral or ethical underpinning. We all understand the basics – don’t kill, steal or lie. The rest is to control the distribution of resources, which is what politics is all about. America is a very rich country, and much of that wealth was plundered from other countries, often leaving a maelstrom in our wake that precipitates the immigration of masses. We could easily help all the people seeking aid from us, but we choose to turn a blind eye and to couch our shameful behavior in platitudes about laws. And here we are only talking of a small fraction of the world’s populations that have been displaced by greed, hatred and fear.

  4. Patty. Thank you for your important perspective. I am a dual citizen. I agree with you and am in CDMX to join the protest in the morning against the separation of families at the US border. I will say again, most respectfully. If any of you voted for this administration AND you are still happy with your choice, please move back to the US where you can better enjoy the results of your choice.

  5. One thing that you did not mention in your post is that Mexico requires you to have a visa to legally live there. You also have to have a work permit if you work for a school. When obtaining that visa, they require you to prove that you have income that will support you. You need to show bank statements, etc. and a certain amount of income is required or you do not qualify. You cannot EVER vote in a Mexican election unless you are a natural born citizen. I lived and worked in Mexico for 4 years and it is a wonderful place, but they have very strict rules for their own immigration policies.

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