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U.S. Citizens Crossing Border to Mexico in Record Numbers

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More Americans than ever are crossing the southern border to live in Mexico, according to data released by Mexico’s Interior Ministry.

The data shows that 8,412 U.S. citizens were issued temporary resident visas in the first nine months of the year, an 85% increase compared to the same period in 2019.

The figure is the highest since the Mexican government started tracking the statistic in 2010, according to Mexico News Daily.

The data shows that 1,619 Americans granted temporary residency this year – 19% of the total – live in Mexico City.

The number of Americans granted permanent residence in Mexico has also gone up in 2022, according to the data. In all, 5,418 Americans were granted permanent residency status, a 48% increase from 2019.

There are several ways foreigners can qualify for permanent residency in Mexico, including by meeting income requirements, having an employer who sponsors their visa, and having family ties.

Many newcomers from the U.S. to Mexico are remote workers for U.S. companies that are free to choose where they live. The workers can get more for the U.S. dollar in Mexico.

Mexico City officials are welcoming the foreigners, with Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum striking an agreement with Airbnb to encourage the situation. The mayor asserted that the mainly young remote workers would benefit parts of the city that are typically not tourist destinations.

But some locals are expressing concerns that the influx of foreigners will exacerbate inflation and deepen the divide between the rich and poor.

One response to Mexico City’s agreement with Airbnb was a social media post that advised the “digital nomads” that “Mexico is not cheap when you make pesos.”

“Your Instagram-worthy lifestyle is ruining our home,” read the Instagram post, which attracted over 3,500 likes. “Stop colonizing Mexico City.”

The number of Americans living in Mexico could be higher since the figures mentioned above do not take into account Americans who entered the country as tourists but have essentially settled in the country.

Typically, Mexico grants tourist visas for six months. Many Americans stay in the country for six consecutive months and will extend their visa by going back to the U.S for a few days and then returning to Mexico on a new tourist visa.

In addition to Americans, foreigners from many other countries have recently flocked to Mexico.

Mexican government data shows that the number of Canadians granted temporary residency in the first nine months of this year went up to 2,042, an increase of 137% compared to 2019.

More than 1,000 citizens from many other countries received temporary residency permits between January and September. Those counties include Spain, France, Germany, China, India, Japan, and numerous Latin American nations, such as Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, and Cuba.

Still, none of those countries compete with the United States in terms of the total number of citizens residing in Mexico. The U.S. Department of State said last month that “an estimated 1.6 million U.S. citizens live in Mexico,” more than double the nearly 800,000 estimated in the 2020 Mexico Census data.

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Rachelle
Rachelle
11 days ago

Yes, I seen it with my own eyes. It’s sad, because they are causing inflation to go up, and the locals are already struggling. Send their entitled butts back to California, because they’re the ones moving to Mexico.

Daniel Peters
Daniel Peters
Reply to  Rachelle
11 days ago

Don’t like it when negative consequences happens to you from immigration huh

Heather
Heather
Reply to  Daniel Peters
10 days ago

I so agree with you.

M H
M H
Reply to  Rachelle
11 days ago

Yet we allow so many ppl from everywhere especially Mexico to be here. What u think it’s doing to our jobs , homes, ect.

Kimberly
Kimberly
Reply to  M H
11 days ago

Oh please are you going to do the jobs that the Hispanics do? Are you going to prun and trimestre tres for .75 a tree. Are you goi g to pick apples are you going to bust your back to pick esparragus or pick any other fruit?

Heather
Heather
Reply to  Kimberly
10 days ago

“esparragus” LMAO!

Skanky Foulbert
Skanky Foulbert
Reply to  Kimberly
7 days ago

You’re forgetting that many of those jobs provide housing, health-care, food assistance, and a wealth of other tax-free perks, along with tax free income, and often times a retirement without the necessity of contributing to it. When you’re making .75 a tree and not having to pay for any costs of living for yourself or your family of 14, and you’re getting paid in cash, with no way of taxation, that .75 a tree beats the hell out of what you’d be making in your own country having to pay your own way. Granted when you move like cold molasses and only work a 5 hour day you’re not going to get a lot done, but do you really have to get much done when you literally have the taxpayers of another country paying all your expenses?

Pap
Pap
Reply to  Kimberly
5 days ago

They are stealing jobs from Hispanic AMERICAN citizens. They are the ones who will be hurt. They’re trying to make an honest living and can’t compete with illegal wages. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Heather
Heather
Reply to  M H
10 days ago

Right on!

Frank
Frank
Reply to  M H
8 days ago

Going to do nothing irs all ready shown Americans are lazy rather get a handout than work, or get financial assistance . Those immigrants that enter our country do the job’s u wouldn’t do and jeep our economy alive .Oh did I mention they don’t complain and are hard workers.

Skanky Foulbert
Skanky Foulbert
Reply to  Frank
7 days ago

Funny, if you were correct, it would seem the lazy Americans would be flocking to Mexico and South America to take advantage of those hardworking folks. Just curious how the US economy survives all these lazy people? Is the government paying for it all there Frank? Given that Mexico has more natural resources than we do, coupled with a nation full of over-achievers like they have who work hard and never complain, it does seem a bit odd that all of those good, hard-working people, would want to trespass into another country out of the goodness of their hearts, for the sole purpose of propping up that other countries economy.

Sdamm
Sdamm
Reply to  Frank
3 days ago

MH,
I’m a small person in this country and I am going to agree with everything you are saying because I live it and see it everyday and have for years. I’m a person to can not any type assistance and pay for the people who are. I am not rich, I am considered here as extremely low income( low middle class) so I am getting taxed to hell can’t qualify for anything and can’t afford even to live.. I’ve busted my a.. for my whole life 2-3 jobs to have nothing. I see and feel all the Laziness everyday everyday. It’s sickening. I have so much respect for the workers and citizens of Mexico because they are extremely hard workers and appreciate life. Others. Countries were taught from the beginning how to live and survive, life takes work (physical) that has a true meaning and impact.
Respect to all Mexico
SD

Rob
Rob
Reply to  Rachelle
10 days ago

That’s what happens when Mexico sends migrants by the millions to USA. Sending drugs and rapist to USA

William McBreen
William McBreen
11 days ago

Yeah, let’s move to a third world country where living is so great, with a chance of getting kidnapped or murdered to boot.

Janet
Janet
Reply to  William McBreen
10 days ago

Third world? Same chances in “the land of milk and honey” America.

Skanky Foulbert
Skanky Foulbert
Reply to  Janet
7 days ago

Not exactly. That would pretty much negate the entire asylum claims that millions are now making at the border ineffective.

Migi
Migi
Reply to  William McBreen
9 days ago

It’s worse in east LA, East Palo Alto and Oakland CA to name a few.

13/64
13/64
Reply to  Migi
5 days ago

Guess why that is. It isn’t founding stock causing these issues.

Michelle Stallings
Michelle Stallings
11 days ago

The American way is deepening the divide between the rich and the poor. There you have it. It’s happening here in the states and now our southern neighbor is feeling the pinch too. What a mess. People flood over the border for a better life – American business and people go there and it’s starts another cycle. No middle ground here.

Anna Williams
Anna Williams
11 days ago

They can get a tourist visa but people from other countries can’t get a work visa.

I guess if the grid fails, we can go to Mexico and live, if you have enough money.

Thank you Dallas Express!

Gilbert Woodward
Gilbert Woodward
11 days ago

I’ve been to Mexico five times, an really enjoyed each visit. My wife is Mexican, so I’m considering moving to Mexico, also because it much more stress less than America.

Anna Williams
Anna Williams
Reply to  Gilbert Woodward
9 days ago

Gilbert we can enjoy ourselves in Mexico but we then complain about other nationalities moving to America.

What Hippocrates we are! What kind of Christian’s we are?

Pap
Pap
Reply to  Anna Williams
5 days ago

Well, the Americans are not going to Mexico illegally. Mexico could always deny their Visas, but the Mexican government is one of the most crooked in the world. They figure there’s something in it for them, so they allow it. That’s not the same as entering a country illegally. Mexico would probably put your illegal butt in prison.

Heather
Heather
10 days ago

Well this is good news! The Americans moving to Mexico are a small fraction of the Mexicans moving to the US. I see no reason for complaint. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Migi
Migi
Reply to  Heather
9 days ago

Yes and us mejicanos want trump to come to Mexico be our president and finish building the wall we are saving our bricks for the wall

Anna Williams
Anna Williams
Reply to  Heather
9 days ago

You need too read this article again. There are millions making money off Mexico and paying them nothing and you think this is great! Read this article again buddy.

Anna Williams
Anna Williams
Reply to  Anna Williams
9 days ago

Heather we would love for Trump to move to Mexico. You don’t know your history, Spain enslaved Mexican in Mexico for 70 years. That’s what would happen to you, if Trump became your President in Mexico.

They have been building on that wall for over 100 years and people have been sending money to people like Trump.

Grow up sister and study your history!

Skanky Foulbert
Skanky Foulbert
7 days ago

Curious why we would need any paperwork to work or even live in Mexico? Immigration only does positive things for a country. It sounds to me like Mexico is run by racists who are intolerant of undocumented migrants.

13/64
13/64
5 days ago

How about a double dose of the medicine you claim is so great for my country? Think I’ll move there myself, refuse to speak the language, maybe work for cash, pay no taxes and perhaps I’ll try and get some free healthcare while I’m at it. Hey, you’re a racist if you deny me these things. After all, the US government is oppressing me and others like me. They hate White Americans so let’s go!

Last edited 5 days ago by 13/64