Deported Kids Feel Alienated in Mexcio

Carl sent me a link to an interesting Seattle Times article “American children struggle to adjust in Mexico”: Never before has Mexico seen so many American Jeffreys, Jennifers and Aidens in its classrooms. The wave of deportations in the past few years, along with tougher state laws and persistent unemployment, has created a mass exodus of Mexican parents who are leaving with their American sons and daughters. In all, 1.4 million Mexicans — including about 300,000 children born in the […]

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Election Heating Up

A fascinating article from The Washington Post about the corruption in Mexico’s school system and how this could spell trouble for the ruling party.  There’s also a growing protest movement among Mexican university students who oppose the PRI candidate. Lopez Obrador just rose to second place, so this election is going to be a hot one.

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Nice Tuesday: A Ringside Seat at Las Luchas

by Jeff O’Brien It was late afternoon. The daytime temperature had hit 45 C and a strong wind pushed it in our faces. We had gone into the city’s sprawling galerias to escape the early afternoon heat, but the time had come for something different. It was my first trip to Monterrey and the first time I ever saw las luchas. Luchadores have been called Mexico’s super heroes–El Santo was as revered as Superman. A lifelong fan of Mexico’s cheesy […]

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Computer Fund for Tenacatita Schoolkids

  Our friend Dobie, who lives in El Rebalsito, near Tenacatita, has organized a fund to provide laptops to local schoolkids who are in need. She writes, “The  computer fund was very successful. We were able to purchase a netbook and a laptop. The netbook was given to a young woman in high school and the laptop will go to the student graduating from middle school that the teachers pick as the best all around student, and with the most […]

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Growing Up on Mexican Time

I traveled to Mexico for the first time when I was two months old, swaddled in the hull of the “Sweat Lodge,” Steve and Tina’s beloved ’62 Dodge camper. Over the course of my childhood, we’d make the drive south another 14 times, traveling as a family in Mexico and Guatemala for 4-6 months out of every year. Mexico was and is a wonderful country for a child. People were invariably welcoming to me, and no establishment was off limits […]

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School Days in Mexico

  PG Managing Editor Churpa Rosa Rogers wrote the following text many years ago, when she was still a teenager. I have been to six different schools in my life, and the common link I find in reminiscing about these experiences, is that I was always the kid who didn’t get to wear a uniform. I know, being an American, and raised in the ‘counter culture,’ I should at least pretend to denounce the idea of conformity, but being the […]

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Kids; Made in Mexico and brought from Mexico

For years we tried unsuccessfully to have children. Our doctor at the time kept prescribing different colored pills and was totally freaked at our suggestion that perhaps we should take our Mexican friend’s advice to go see a curandera, or natual healing person. When we showed up the following winter still not embarasada (pregnant), our family in Mexico had had enough, and before we knew it, we were at Dona Marias house and the ‘cure’ was on. Dona Maria sent […]

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Child Custody Problem

Hello, I need to know what to do if the father of my child won’t sign another letter for her to come with me to Mexico. He signed and noterized one already so she could get a passport. He said he won’t sign another letter though. What should I do?  Sincerely,  Erica  Carl replies: Erica, to the best of my knowledge your best (and perhaps only) recourse is to get a court order that will allow you to take your […]

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