A Message to Unhappy Expats Living in Mexico
To some extent, I can understand but under no circumstance condone, the racist and ignorant words expressed by Mr. Donald Trump at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 in New York City when he made his presidential announcement. -“They (Mexico) are not our friend, believe me… We have drug dealers coming across, we have rapists, we have killers, we have murderers.”-
Probably Trump forgot that the borderline works both ways and Mexico also gets rapists, killers, and child abusers amongst others that go under hide when wanted by US authorities. His speech was extremely unkind and offensive to many people, Especially to those that have reached the United States with the hope of a better life for them and for their families and believe me, some of this people work 12 to 15 hours a day in the fields, with extreme temperatures, so they can halfway survive in the US and the rest of their earnings is sent to their homeland whether is here in Mexico or any other part of the world. Trump’s words are as hollow as himself and as fake as his hairpiece since this was nothing but another lame, pathetic excuse to hold on for a bit longer, to remain in the spotlight by scraping the very bottom of the barrel of lost popularity to the flavor of the day, week, month, year, just like others such as Paris Hilton, the Kardashians, Bruce Jenner, now Caitilyn or _______________ (Please think in the blank space the example you like best) have done before him to try to maintain those “15 minutes of fame” since that is the one thing that feeds his ego. Trump fits perfectly that very old Mexican saying “He is so poor that all he has is money”.
I believe that, for that one who tries to separate, there are thousands that believe in unification, learning and experiencing new ways of living. I can assure this since Mexico´s Institute of Statistics present in its numbers, that today, the country has well over one million of expatriates living here full time and during winter season it receives over 300 thousand more. It has become a place that many have chosen as their new home and have adapted to it with happiness, embracing its diverse cultural and traditional ways, enriching their lives as well as enriching ours here. This that has happened is an undeniable fact and respect has been the key to all. Here in Merida, the capital city of the State of Yucatan, I have had the pleasure of meeting expats that have grown into wonderful close friends and others that my wife and I might not be that close to due to distance, but are very well liked by us and many others. This is people that have brought much into our lives, city and our country.
Unfortunately, there are a few that stain the before said. This type of person hates living here, is extremely unhappy and for reasons unknown to me they do not leave and go back to wherever hole they crawled from. This people are tremendously rude to us “the locals” as they like to point out as well as their fellow countrymen and women, constantly making unfortunate comments or camparisons such as this one left at The Yucatan Times Facebook timeline, on Sunday June 7th after someone expressed its wish to move to Mexico:
-“Hahahahah … just wait. Infrastructe sucks, the locals steal as a national pastime. No one knows how to repair things properly and the poeple hate us becuase They all think we are rich …. good luck. I have lived here for 8 years and can not wait to leave this shithole. Phone service might work if you stand on your roof. And remember, They Do not ant you working here. You need to live her for a few years and prove you can do a better job than than the locals ….. Best of luck ….. not dream here it costs a lot of money to renew your EVERY year visa… people are so stupid to think this life in Mexico is great …. if you live in a cardboard box maybe Mexico will be better for you. Oh, I forgot to tell you, Mexocan are very rude and nasty to us and each other”. (SIC)-
Yes, Latinos in general, Mexicans in this particular case, we can be a bit too overbearing in some ways, quite emotional and passionate about things, loud when talking and many other faults that to certain extent it comes with our up bring, education and our idiosyncrasy but like EVERYWHERE there are honest people just like there are others that are not. To this day I have not ever been in “Utopia land” where infrastructure is amazing, the locals do not steal as a national pastime, there are amazing, well prepared individuals that know how to repair things properly… basically everything peachy keen.
I lived and studied in the United States for some time and during my days there, I always tried, to the best of my abilities and beyond, to respect (I still do) the country that kindly opened its doors to me. I am married to an American woman from Missouri and she is the love of my life. We have been living here for some time as well, and she has always conducted herself with great respect for this country.
Many expatriates living in Mexico, as well as others currently residing in the United States have mentioned to me how much they feel ashamed of Trump´s statement regarding our country and its people. To them I say, don´t even worry about it… just consider the person who said it and to those who feel SO unhappy here in our country, don’t forget there are almost 2,000 miles of border where you can sneak back to the US or plenty of airports where I am sure a plane ticket can be bought to go anywhere… Including “La chingada”.
*José E. Urioste Palomeque
Merida Yucatan, Mexico
June 19th 2015
*José Eugenio Palomeque-Urioste is a Business Intelligence professional in the area of Research and Development. He began his training process in mass media writing scripts for radio programs, commercials and advertising campaigns. Since then, he has written for newspapers, magazines and mass media in Mexico and the United States, ranging from the professional to the editorial and has written 3 fiction novels that have been presented in numerous forums and literary competitions causing much controversy as to its content.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina