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April 23, 2014


To be an extranjero—foreigner—in Mexico is to live in fantasyland. Even those of us deeply involved in the culture, who speak Spanish, who have Mexican friends/wives/husbands, acquire a special status—a status of exception, immunity. “As if we’re invisible?” I asked Erick Alamilla. “Oh no,” he assured me in that suave professional tone that financial advisors […]

Mexico Tìpico

April 18, 2014


Children zigzag through the crowd hurling sausage-shaped balloons over the heads of teenagers snuggling on the low wall surrounding the city of Oaxaca, Mexico’s cathedral. Vendors in indigena dress meander among blonde tourists, the majority of them focusing digital cameras on church spires and colonial balconies. A little orchestra pumps out sentimental classics as militarily […]

Ten Years–the Situation Hasn’t Changed

April 7, 2014


Although U. S. President George W. Bush didn’t include Mexico’s president Vicente Fox in his suggested “opening the doors to debate” over immigration reform in January 2004, he did re-activate many old immigration clichés by proposing “earned legalization” for current workers and an extended guest worker program that would grant temporary residency to immigrants for […]