Alfredo Corchado, Borderlands director at the Cronkite School of Journalism in Arizona State University, published a report about “Americans in Mexico”, with the collaboration of Angela Kocherga, who is a Borderlands director at the Cronkite School, also at ASU. The document was posted on the Dallas News website.
VALLE DE GUADALUPE, Baja California, Mexico — A few years ago, Ben and Bonnie Benoit considered returning to the United States, believing it was time to go home. Now as they follow the U.S. presidential election from their ranch home in Mexico’s wine country, they’re glad they didn’t.
What they see as divisive politics in the U.S. — the presidential campaign between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump — confirms their decision to stay in Mexico. Sometimes as they watch and read the news, the Benoits are filled with dismay.
“Someone like Trump comes along and I can’t believe the country I thought was in existence … is not,” said Ben, 76, who retired in Baja California, where he and his wife make wine. “I think we’re all in shock. I think we’re also terribly embarrassed.”
The U.S. presidential contest is generating buzz across the globe, where expatriates are in a frenzy about politics back home. Only Canada has more Americans than Mexico, but Trump’s Mexico bashing has made being American a bit more awkward these days.
“A lot of our Mexican friends are frightened of him,” Bonnie said.
In a close race, the vote abroad is that much more critical. Democrats and Republicans in Mexico say they’re seeing a huge spike in interest as they organize the “get out the vote” effort. Many are hosting large gatherings, including debate-watching parties.