Ask a Mexican: Will Mexicans ever return to Mexico to make it better?

Dear Mexican: Say the immigrant makes a few bucks and goes back to his/her hometown. Think they'll put up with the shit that prompted them to move in the first place? (How ya' gonna keep them down on the farm...).
Putting the Red into Redneck

Dear Gabacho: Absolutely not. I love how Know Nothings are currently calling Mexicans cowards for supposedly not confronting the narcos down south, for abandoning their homeland for a new país (funny how they shut up when you present the same slurs about their ancestors), when those supposedly weak-willed wabs have pushed Mexico out of the Third World and into the lower rungs of the First World over the past 25 years via their remittances and newfound libertarianism. I'll let you read the full explanation in my book (hint: look for the respuesta that has the tres por uno program in it), but the short response for you ahorita is that these immigrants have brought back democracy and infrastructure to their ranchos that the Mexican elite would've preferred had never come. The only problem, of course, is that though the immigrants still return to the farm as often as possible, they're never coming back for good — for that phenomenon, I urge you to read Sam Quinones' True Tales from Another Mexico, which I've probably plugged 28 times in this pinche column and will plug forevermore because it's that amazing and insightful — even more so that this infernal weekly babada.

Dear Mexican: I have a Mexican-American friend who loves boxing (who doesn't?) just as much as I do, but he hates Manny Pacquiao. He and I would sometimes get into an argument (friendly but passionate), especially because he seems to resent the label which many in the press and boxing fans have given Pacquiao: "The Mexicutioner."  I think he's taking it too personally, which is quite amusing, actually. But do you think most Mexicans are like my friend, i.e., Pacquiao haters like Mayweather? Or do you think Pacquiao has more Mexican fans than Mexican haters?
Canelo over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Dear Wab: The Pac-Man has many more Mexican fans than haters — and even those haters don't despise him so much as give the fierce Filipino his respeto. Sure, Pacquiao has beat down Mexicans like a migra agent — Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Antonio Margarito, Oscar de la Hoya and Juan Manuel Marquez (who he's scheduled to fight this fall), but Mexicans always appreciate small, humble brawlers in the classic Mexi mold. That's why we'll support Cuba but resent the United States — stay in your own weight class, you know? More importantly, beaner boxing buffs despise Floyd Mayweather Jr. — not because he's a negrito (we loved Mike Tyson, after all) but because the so-called Pretty Boy refuses to fight Pacquiao to settle, once y para siempre, who's the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. We can appreciate people who kick our ass, but to not even try and fight us? You might as well be the American Southwest.

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK: A Better Life is The Bicycle Thief for Latino USA, a touching, bitter, beautiful tale about an undocumented gardener and his son looking for the stolen truck that's their livelihood. It's not a perfect película — almost every Mexican-immigrant dad I know speaks to their children en español, and the Chivas soccer propaganda is a bit much (¡viva Pumas de la UNAM, cabrones!) — but it's a must-see film and that rare Hollywood effort that doesn't resort to century-old stereotypes of spicy señoritas and greasers. Director is Chris Weitz, the guy behind American Pie and About a Boy, and who is part-Mexi — who knew? You do now! Demand it at your local megaplex, por favor.

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Jplis
Jplis

We should hire a slew of Mexicans to help build farms up here and... That's racist. Culturally, Mexico is an agricultural state. The US has been dumping DDT and burning farms that contain Cannabis or Coca. This also helps to destroy their economy, livlihood and pride. When a person lives on a farm all their life, they are not stupid, they know more about growing food and taking care of animals than you could dream of (unless you, too, lived on a farm your whole life). No one is lazy that has illegally crossed the US/Mexico border. They risk their life, and limb to get here. This does not mean it is right, just that they are in no way lazy. It takes a lot of activity to cross the border, and it is not usually a one day ordeal. Should we build a fence between our borders? We don't have the money. On top of it, with the borders closed, the drug trade would stop and our "war on drugs" would be over. The US does not want that, they would stop getting thr billions of annual dollars they get from our taxes. In short - Mexican immigration, legal or otherwise, is a thriving industry that just is. Perhaps you should go to Mexico (not Cancun, or other "travel destinations") and see if you could help them get their economy back up to par so they would prefer to stay there.

DGO
DGO

Mexican Americans are Americans! When will Italians return to Italy or Greeks return to Greece. What about all the Irish who came over during the famine? When will they return.

Ihatepoorpeople22
Ihatepoorpeople22

How did Del-Taco go bankrupt? They had the best burritos Holmes.

James Hodges
James Hodges

"I love how Know Nothings are currently calling Mexicans cowards for supposedly not confronting the narcos down south, for abandoning their homeland for a new país (funny how they shut up when you present the same slurs about their ancestors), when those supposedly weak-willed wabs have pushed Mexico out of the Third World and into the lower rungs of the First World over the past 25 years via their remittances and newfound libertarianism." What a load of crap...

The idea that Mexico is anywhere close to a first world nation is a bad joke. Let the non-productive cowards return home. Nothing will change because they want something for nothing. They can't build anything on their own from the ground up... it has to exist to begin with... that's why they run to American. America has everything they want.

In the begining we had something holding back America from being all it could be. It was called king George and his superior army. Armed with little more than determination, we drove them from our shores and built the greatest nation on earth.

PAYTHECONSTANTPRICE
PAYTHECONSTANTPRICE

Mexico has a long way to graduate from a third world nation. It is very funny how cowards promote themselves into the the lower rungs of the first world with no knowledge of being a first world type nation. Ask a Mexican; how is the yellow streak on your back keep getting larger with your NO MAS fellow Mexicans.

Judy Lau
Judy Lau

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James Hodges
James Hodges

There are no such things as a Mexican-Americans... or an Irish-Americans... or a Greek-Americans. Such titles are oxymorons created by leftist, racist, hatemongers who use them in an attempt to create divisiveness amongst Americans. Cousin Teddy said it best years ago...

Theodore Roosevelt 1907.

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

James Hodges
James Hodges

Del Taco is still around. Just not in... St. Louis.

Abc
Abc

And here's the always-preset dousche dumping venom and hate on Mexico. Mexico's economy is thriving as ours sinks despite all the negative propaganda from the US media and some other haters. Education is getting better in Mexico and deteriorating here.

James Hodges
James Hodges

I hate to rain on your parade but... Mexico's economy is not thriving... and America's is not sinking. If what you said were true... Mexicans wouldn't be fleeing Mexico and heading straight for America to get a piece of the action. Hence the joke:

Q: What is the difference between Los Angeles and Mexico?A: There are more Mexicans in Los Angeles!

With regard to Mexican education, when its as low as it can get, there is nowhere to go but... up! As a matter of fact most Mexicans are so poorly educated, that when they get to America, about all they are qualified to do is pick oranges and clean people's houses.

Mexicans like to try to posture themselves on a higher moral and ethical plane by claiming, that they do the work that Americans won't do (as if Americans are lazy and they are not). The reality is that "Mexicans (by virtue of their lack of education) do what little work they are qualified to do" when they arrive in America.

James Hodges
James Hodges

OK, well see you later when you can come up with an intelligent rebuttal to my Mexican Myth Busting.... Oh, wait... that means we wont be hearing from you anymore...

Abc
Abc

If I read actual facts from you, instead of misconstrued statements and ethnic jokes, I'd put a few more of my neurons to work to keep responding. Instead I see many drink the cheap rhetoric kool aid from the other Mexico haters. Let the next two decades solidify my earlier comments. Peace out.

 
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