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Well-off Mexicans part of quiet exodus to US

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - For years, national security experts have warned that Mexico's drug violence could send a wave of refugees fleeing to the United States. Now, the refugees are arriving - but they are driving BMWs and snapping up half-million-dollar homes.

Tens of thousands of well-off Mexicans have moved north of the border in a quiet exodus over the past few years, according to local officials, border experts and demographers. Unlike the much larger population of illegal immigrants, they are being warmly welcomed.

"It goes counter to the conventional wisdom about the Mexican presence in the United States," San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro said. The influx "is positive, it is entrepreneurial ... and one of the keys to a very successful growing city like San Antonio."

Castro estimates that Mexicans own at least 50,000 of the approximately 500,000 homes and apartments in his city of 1.3 million, which has a vibrant Hispanic culture. Many are in gated communities that have sprung up in the city's sunbaked northern hills. One neighborhood built around a country club has so many residents from the Mexican city of Monterrey that it has been dubbed "Sonterrey."

"I've never seen so many Maseratis and Porsches in my neighborhood," said Carl Bohn, a businessman who lives in what is formally called Sonterra, a tranquil development of homes with red-tiled roofs, palm trees, colonnaded entrances and backyard pools.

Not all the new arrivals are wealthy, of course. There are prominent cases of Mexican journalists, mayors and police chiefs hounded by the cartels who have fled to the United States. Some members of the "Mexodus" - as it was dubbed in a recent study by four U.S. and Mexican universities - simply moved their mom-and-pop restaurants across the border.

The number of investment visas given to Mexicans has risen sharply. A total of 10,512 E-1 and E-2 investment visas were granted to Mexicans from 2006 to 2010, a 73 percent increase over the previous five-year period, according to the State Department.

Affluent Mexicans have long visited the United States for business and shopping. What's different now is that they are coming to stay, fleeing cartel wars that have left more than 37,000 Mexicans dead in four years, according to U.S. and Mexican officials and analysts. "It's a very substantial flow," said Henry Cisneros, a former mayor of San Antonio. "We have whole areas of San Antonio that are being transformed."

The well-heeled Mexicans are arriving as illegal immigration from Mexico is on the decline, because of the weak U.S. economy, border crime and more opportunities for young Mexicans at home. Illegal immigration has plunged from an estimated half-million Mexicans per year a decade ago to 200,000 or fewer.

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Cowardly acts. Instead of staying and fighting the evil that exists in their Mexico, the flee - typical.
 

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Cowardly acts. Instead of staying and fighting the evil that exists in their Mexico, the flee - typical.

Its because they have perpetuated the corruption for so long, its finally coming around to bite them in the ass. The rich illegals are taking over the River Oaks area in Houston to as well as the Katy and Sugar land area.
 

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Must be the high taxes here attracting them. The liberals are correct! Raise the taxes more and we will attract more wealthy people.
 

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