VDARE — My family and I just returned from our summer visit to Mexico. We saw relatives and friends, ate some food we don’t eat here, and got the car worked on for less than it would cost in the United States (cheap labor!) While there we also watched the results of the Brexit vote. The Mexican pundits mostly opposed the UK leaving the EU. Hmmm. But I also noticed something which could signal the Mexican government is preparing for deportations and the return of its citizens after the election of President Trump. [Mexican government prepares for ‘Trump Emergency’, Fox News Latino, May 05, 2016]
There is an immigration station at the border where I have to obtain permits both for my car and to visit the country. I’ve been to that particular immigration station many times, but this time it had been partially remodeled. It included a section called Repatriaciones [Repatriations]. It didn’t look like it was in use yet, but the sign indicated that various benefits were available for Mexicans returning to Mexico.
Trump is still being bashed in the Mexican media, though at least some pundits are analyzing him objectively. The Mexican government is using anti-Trump rhetoric for its own benefit [‘A perfect piñata’: why disdain for Trump is a plus for Mexico’s government, by David Agren, Guardian, June 23, 2016]. And he’s still the subject of conversation among ordinary Mexicans. (I got into a few discussions about Trump with Mexicans, though out of four conversations only one became an argument.)
But the Mexican government is also launching a new program to help Mexicans return to their home country, as if they are expecting there will be more demand for that soon.