Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Reverse Migration Of American Baby Boomers To Mexico Taking Place

Lost in the deluge of controversy over mass immigration from Mexico is a much smaller, but apparently no less significant flow of American baby boomers to Mexico. Most of these people are in their 40s to 60s, have money, and want to live where the cost of living is reduced. In many respects, Mexico fills that criteria. The full story was written by San Francisco Chronicle reporter Mike Davis and published on October 15th, 2006. Caution: Davis uses the anti-white racial slur "gringo" freely throughout his report. I have left it in so people can see for themselves the flagrant anti-white bias displayed by so much of the American elite media (pictured above left - downtown Ensenada, courtesy of Ensenada Real Estate).

Davis begins with a ritualistic liberal denunciation of the Minutemen, decrying their sign on the San Diego side of the border. He severely downplays the volume and impact of mass immigration from Mexico, denouncing concern over this as "nativist" and "racist". However, buried within this steaming pile of pseudo-journalistic dog feces lies a few nuggets of truth that are worthy of being identified, set apart, and publicized. Here's the part of the article I found rather pertinent in places:

What few people -- at least, outside of Mexico -- have bothered to notice is that while all the nannies, cooks and maids have been heading north to tend the luxury lifestyles of irate Republicans, the gringo hordes have been rushing south to enjoy glorious budget retirements and affordable second homes under the Mexican sun.

Yes, in former California Gov. Pete Wilson's immortal words, "They just keep coming." Over the past decade, the State Department estimates that the number of Americans living in Mexico has soared from 200,000 to 1 million (or one-quarter of all U.S. expatriates). Remittances from the United States to Mexico have risen dramatically, from $9 billion to $14.5 billion in just two years. Although initially interpreted as representing a huge increase in illegal workers (who send parts of their salaries across the border to family), it turns out to be mainly money sent by Americans to themselves to finance Mexican homes and retirements. [Ed. Note: He immediately undermines his last sentence with the first sentence of the next paragraph. Furthermore, the Americans in question not only owned businesses and created jobs, but they pay their own way in Mexico and don't visit Mexican emergency rooms demanding free medical care, nor do they demand services in English]

Although some of them are naturalized U.S. citizens returning to towns and villages of their birth after lifetimes of toil on the other side, the director-general of Fonatur, the official agency for tourism development in Mexico, recently characterized the typical investors in that country's real estate as American "Baby Boomers who have paid off in good part their initial mortgage and are coming into inheritance money." [Ed. Note: This is where Davis exposes his neo-Bolshevik tendencies. Not all of them are using "inheritance" money; many may be using their own savings accumulated through their own hard work, some sound economic decisions, and, yes, a little bit of luck. The left thinks the rich are evil just because they're rich, but the truth is most of the left simply would rather be rich themselves and are just jealous]

The extraordinary rise in U.S. sunbelt property values gives gringos immense economic leverage. Shrewd Baby Boomers are not simply feathering nests for eventual retirement, but also increasingly speculating in Mexican resort property, sending up property values to the detriment of locals whose children are consequently driven into slums or forced to emigrate north, increasing the "invasion" charges. As in Galway, Corsica, or, for that matter, Montaña, the global second-home boom is making life in beautiful, natural settings unaffordable for their traditional residents. [Ed. Note: Davis makes a good point here. We want to reduce the number of Mexicans coming to the United States because of economic reasons, but Americans buying homes in Mexico drive up property prices, making conditions even less affordable for Mexicans, fueling the Mexican immigration cycle]

Some expatriates are experimenting with exotic places such as the Riviera Maya or Tulum in the state of Quintana Roo on the Gulf of Mexico, but more prefer such well-established havens as San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico and the coastal resort town of Puerto Vallarta. Here the norteamericanos make themselves at home in more ways than one.

An English-language newspaper in Puerto Vallarta, for instance, recently applauded the imminent arrival of a shopping mall that will include Hooters, Burger King, Subway, Chili's and Starbucks. Only Dunkin' Donuts (con salsa?), the paper complained, was still missing.

The gringo presence is largest (and brings the most significant geopolitical consequences) in Baja California. Indeed, Baja real estate Web sites ooze almost as much hyperbole as those devoted to stalking the phantom menace of illegal immigrants -- in a far more upbeat tone when it comes to the question of immigrant invasions.

In essence, Alta (Upper) California is beginning to overflow into Baja, an epochal process that, if unchecked, will produce intolerable social marginalization and ecological devastation in Mexico's last true frontier region. All the contradictions of post-industrial California -- runaway land inflation in the coastal zone, sprawling suburban development in interior valleys and deserts, freeway congestion and lack of mass transit, and the astronomical growth of motorized recreation -- dictate the invasion of the gorgeous peninsula to the south. To use a term from a bad but not irrelevant past, Baja is Anglo California's lebensraum. [Ed. Note: Davis conveniently forgets to mention all the trash left in the Arizona desert by Mexican immigrants sneaking across the border. That is also a form of ecological devastation - but Davis is obviously interested in "sins" only if they're committed by whites]

Indeed, the first two stages of informal annexation have already occurred. Under the banner of NAFTA, Southern California has exported hundreds of its sweatshops and toxic industries to the maquiladora zones of Tijuana and Mexicali. The Pacific Maritime Association, representing the West Coast's major shipping companies, has joined forces with Korean and Japanese corporations to explore the construction of a vast new container port at Punta Colonel, 150 miles south of Tijuana, which would undercut the power of longshore unionism in San Pedro and San Francisco. [Ed. Note: Davis makes an excellent point about the deleterious effects of NAFTA. Commendably, he also illustrates how the container port will adversely impact American jobs and American workers. First good thing he's said about Americans in the entire article]

Secondly, tens of thousands of gringo retirees and winter residents are clustered at both ends of the peninsula. Along the northwest coast from Tijuana to Ensenada, an advertisement for a real estate conference at UCLA boasts, "there are presently over 57 real estate developments ... with over 11,000 homes/condos with an inventory value of over $3 billion ... all of them geared for the U.S. market." [Ed. Note: And very few of them affordable to Mexicans - in their own country, no less. Yet we bitch when they come north. This is what Al Gore would call "an inconvenient truth"]

Meanwhile, at the tropical end of Baja, a gilded gringo enclave has emerged in the 20-mile strip between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose de Cabo. Los Cabos is part of that global archipelago of real estate hot spots where continuous double-digit increases in property values suck in speculative capital from all over the world. Ordinary gringos can participate in this glamorous Los Cabos real estate casino through the purchase and resale of time-shares in condominiums and beach homes.

Davis goes on to cite a few more examples of this trend, characterizing it as the "Trojan Horse of Manifest Destiny". However, he fails to say anything about the much more massive Mexican "Reconquista", which is an illegal full-scale reversal of Manifest Destiny. This, along with his consistent use of the anti-white racial slur "gringo" throughout the entire article, exposes what he's really all about - second-class political status for whites. He's the Joe Slovo of the white community, which unfortunately contaminates many of the sound economic arguments he's brought forth.

And his economic arguments show that reform is needed on both sides of the border. The economic deprivation in Mexico fueling Mexican immigration must be resolved. A mixture of incentives and penalties must be presented to Mexico as an incentive for their government to do their part.

And while the living may be cheaper for these American expatriates in Mexico, it's not necessarily safer. Recently, the Anchorage Daily News reported on a local woman, Tammy Griffin, who was kidnapped from her Mexican vacation home by five Mexicans to be held for $3 million ransom. She escaped her abductors while they were sleeping, using survival skills learned in Alaska. Battles between rival Mexican drug cartels prompted the U.S. State Department to issue a travel advisory for Mexico back in September. So there is a downside for Americans living in Mexico.

Mike Davis is also the author, most recently, of Planet of Slums (Verso 2006), and, with Justin Chacon Akers, No One is Illegal (Haymarket 2006). That last book is a dead giveaway as to his attitude regarding American sovereignty.

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