In South Texas residents use the term “nationals” to refer to elite Mexicans while the rest of the population is known as mexicanos or Mexicans (middle or working class). The City of McAllen is now seeking to become a regional center for granting EB-5 visas, the investor visa, granted to those who invest at least $500,000 in a business or enterprise. Wealthy mexicans fleeing the drug violence have increasingly sought these visas. According to the McAllen chamber of commerce applications for these visas over the last two years has increased from 3 to 5 per month to 5 to 8 per week. In an article published in the McAllen Monitor I discuss the cultural complexities of elite Mexicans living in the valley in terms of the negative stereotypes that circulate not only about Mexican immigration but also wealthy Mexicans. The comments to the article are telling. I have posted three below.
publicadvisor ”Permanent residency, or a green card, is available to foreign nationals and their family members who invest at least $500,000 in the United States, Patridge said. “Money buys you anything in America! ” Thats what he said! That’s what it is! Like any currupt country in the world! Proud to be American!
paradoxvigilante 4:37 PM on January 5, 2011 whatever it’s because “mexicans” are the new scapegoats for all this country’s problems. Next thing you know some loon will say they are connected to 9/11
machogabcho 8:41 PM on January 5, 2011 @paradoxvigilante–I don’t know of anyone in this country who’s making Mexicans “scapegoats” but I can provide links to where Mexican politicians are making Americans “scapegoats” for the problems in their country. And as for the “connected to 9/11″ theory, Mexicans have murdered a hell of a lot more Americans than the 9/11 hijackers .
esminombre 7:50 AM on January 5, 2011 There are so many illegal aliens living (not working) in the US that probably contribute nothing to our economy. This new wave of people have the means to get into Texas legally (just go to La Plaza) why not embrace their half million contribution and consider putting 10 people to work is not a great idea? Everyone here seems to agree that these foreigners should go through legal channels to live here. Give these Mexicans a chance. We need the jobs and their money. This is a golden opportunity and I think you will see banks, real estate companies and many others lining up to form partnerships with these new millionaires. Milborne Drysdale’s will step up to bat any day.
We have too many “loosers” on this site.