Published On: Tue, Apr 18th, 2017

U.S. expats in Mexico feel tensions over Trump rhetoric

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According to Dallas News, this colonial jewel, with its cobblestone streets, Spanish architecture and Gothic-style pink stone cathedral, has long been a magnet for thousands of Americans who call the Guanajuato city home.

These days, however, things are growing a bit tense.

Thousands of Americans protest against Trump's policy (Google)

Thousands of Americans protest against Trump’s immigration policy (Google)

As bids to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border come in, and fears of mass deportations in the U.S. grow, some Mexicans and the American expatriates among them are growing uneasy about the possibility of nationalism on both sides of the border, harming what’s long been a strong relationship.

Many Mexicans have left here to look for jobs in the U.S., often following the path to North Texas. Those who remain quietly contrast the anti-immigrant rhetoric in the U.S. to the welcome Americans have received here.

Carolina Rodriguez, a massage therapist, wrestles with her emotions.

“We could also treat Americans badly here, be mean-spirited, be as hateful as Americans across the border,” said Rodriguez. “But in the end, we’re human beings, and I’m not going to lower myself to the level of Americans and talk about walls, kicking Americans out of San Miguel. Not yet, and I don’t imagine myself doing that because we need one another. But yes, when I read about what’s happening to relatives, compatriots, I do feel offended and increasingly angry.”

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