A Reader Notes That Some Mexicans Do Go Home
April 08, 2009, 05:00 AM
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From: "All My Ex`s Live In Texas" (e-mail him)

Re: Allan Wall`s Column: Should Americans Visit Mexico?

As a former Texan, I enjoyed Wall`s piece recognizing Mexico`s charms and the security of much its interior while also acknowledging the flaws of our immigration policies. 

When I lived in Texas, I once dated Maria, a beautiful Mexican girl from Guadalajara.

On our trips there, we had a ton of fun. All the while we were safe, ate excellent food and enjoyed the city`s European feel.

But my ex`s personal story is a good example that not all Mexicans stay illegally.

In Maria`s case, however, America may be the worse for it.

Maria had an MBA from University of Dallas and lived with her aunt and uncle in Fort Worth—in other words, she was not a welfare case.

Yet when Maria lost her job and had to look for another, her immigration status became a top priority among her prospective employers.

Unlike many, Maria respected America`s immigration laws enough to obey them. Maria didn`t want to gamble that she would never be able to return to the United States to work legally or even visit.

So, possibly to America`s detriment, Maria`s gone home while others remain firmly (and illegally) here.

Joe Guzzardi comments: For readers who may have missed it, our writer`s pseudonym—"All My Ex`s Live in Texas"—is a reference to a song made famous by one of country music`s greatest artists, George Strait. Listen to it here.