Mexican Immigrants Following Homeland’s Presidential Race

Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2012

Ramiro Romero owns an auto upholstery business in Lynwood, has sent three children to college and is a first-time voter in a country in which he hasn’t lived for more than 30 years: Mexico.

“As a mexicano, we haven’t lost our roots, our culture, and that makes voting a civic necessity,” Romero, 56, said one morning at his bustling workshop on Atlantic Avenue.

“We want a prosperous Mexico. We want a Mexico that’s not in the top ranks for violence but in the top ranks for its economy, so we won’t have to go looking for opportunities to other countries.”

Romero, who holds dual citizenship, is among the tens of thousands of Mexicans living abroad who are voting by mail in the July 1 presidential election—a contest being closely watched as the country confronts soaring violence related to the U.S.-backed drug war.

The right to vote from abroad was won in 2005. Mexican nationals in 104 countries requested mail-in ballots this year, and 77% of those are from the U.S.—concentrated mostly in California, Texas, Illinois, Florida and New York.

Despite an estimated 12 million Mexican nationals living in the United States alone, only 59,087 have registered worldwide for next month’s election—45,512 in the U.S., and 1,580 of those in Los Angeles. {snip}

One reason for the low number: Casting a ballot from abroad requires a government-issued voter ID card, which can be obtained only inside Mexico. That effectively shuts out undocumented immigrants, who cannot freely cross the border.


Romero, the Lynwood business owner, knows what it’s like not to be able to cross the border freely. He came to the U.S. illegally when he was 18. But since becoming a U.S. citizen in 1998, he has been able to return without worry to the western state of Michoacán and his hometown of Cherán, which made headlines last year after residents formed a communal militia against drug gangs.

“When we think about retiring, we want to return to our homes,” he said, passing yellowing posters hung in his workshop showing Cherán’s annual pueblo festival.


Topics: ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • I hope he can retire in Mexico but I am not optimistic about his chances.

    • Oil Can Harry

      People on welfare can retire?

  • Mexico will collapse into another civil war, similar to Colombia in 1990s. Therefore, border control is essential.  US could wind up with 30 M Mexican refugees, similar to Afghans in Pakistan.

    • Kurt Plummer

      The U.S., most likely through it’s special forces, is -escalating- the drug war in Mexico (see ‘Clear & Present Danger’ endgame among the drug cartels) through selective targeting of groups and individuals guaranteed to lead to retaliation as mass casualties in Mexico.

      Our elites want a massive civil war as total breakdown in civil order to justify our going in and forcibly rendering an NAU as a fait d’accompli.

      The EU and Arab states will then form a pan Euro-Med alliance and China will probably make it’s hegemony over East Asia ‘official’ with an invasion of Taiwan and total dominance of the sea lanes between the straits of Malacca and Formosa, rendering the WestPac their playground (and our the output of the Three Tigers their’s to own).

      This may well be what Romney is suggesting as ‘events overtaking’ any response he makes to revoking Obama’s closet amnesty.

      Put another way:  The easiest means to ending the drug war in Mexico is to starve it to death with solid border controls and a barrier system that works.

      That this has not been done is proof that the drug war itself is a desired enabling vector if not outcome.  It makes certain people very rich.  And it makes the NAFTA->NAU progressive eventuality almost certain.

      • Southern__Hoosier

         Excellent. I might add. It will give China a chance to payback Vietnam for the humiliating defeat in their border war of 1979. They will be able to payback Japan for WW II. The two Koreas will be reunited under their terms.  China will  have a free hand in Siberia will all its resources.  Africa will be a major area of conflict between Euro-Islam and China.

        India will find itself itself  being pressed from the West by Islam and from the East by China.

        The only saving grace for us and the rest of the world is, China has never desired to be a global power.  In addition to turning WestPac into their playground they will turn the Indian Ocean into a Chinese pond.

        Somewhat like the alliances that Orwell wrote about in “1984.”

      •  The Chinese are already allied with the Russians and the other ‘stan nations in the area under the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

    • Southern__Hoosier

      Just like in “The Camp of the Saints.” Those 30 M will be greeted by race traitors passing out water, condoms, maps and voter registration cards. 

      Forgot to add, those maps won’t have their neighborhoods on them.

    • Southern__Hoosier

      Just like in “The Camp of the Saints.” Those 30 M will be greeted by race traitors passing out water, condoms, maps and voter registration cards. 

      Forgot to add, those maps won’t have their neighborhoods on them.

  • Southern__Hoosier

    I am sure they will retire to Mexico. With the money they made in America  and the low cost of living, they will retire to Mexico and live like rich people.

    Now their children and grandchildren are a different story. They don’t have the ties to Mexico the present generation has and they haven’t assimilated into America culture. So they will stay here and continue to “Mexify” America.

  • Sloppo

    I’m not from there and I don’t speak the language, but I want the right to help choose Mexico’s president so we can get one in there that will put my interests over those of the Mexican people.