PollAt the frontier between USA's Brownsville TX and México's Matamoros TAM there is an annual celebration known as "El día del charro" (Charro's day). Just two decades ago the celebration included unrestricted border transit.
      – BorgClown, 2009-09-08 at 04:31:54   (8 comments)

On 2009-09-08 at 04:39:33, BorgClown wrote...
It's supposed to be a fraternizing celebration between those two cities. Texas' frontiers are generally very hostile towards illegal immigrants, but Brownsville TX is a curious exception. They pick a famous Mexican celebrity (no politicians) and have a parade across the border. That is a great example of the bittersweet relation between our countries.
On 2009-09-08 at 04:54:08, BorgClown wrote...
Nowadays the border is as secure as the rest of the border, that is, porous enough to keep the cheap labor coming.
On 2009-09-08 at 08:50:38, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Coming, or going?
On 2009-09-08 at 12:05:21, DigitalBoss wrote...
Yeah, but try and get a work visa in Mexico as a US citizen; it ain't gonna happen.
On 2009-09-09 at 01:42:02, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Both ways. It still starts at USA and crosses to Mexico, but only the parade.
On 2009-09-09 at 01:46:35, BorgClown wrote...
@DigitalBoss: I've seen foreigners working here, including a few USAians I've worked with. Oh my gosh... They must be illegal workers!!! *gasp* =P
On 2009-09-09 at 13:01:09, DigitalBoss wrote...
I will admit, I do not know that much about Mexican immigration law. But I have heard that it is much stricter than the US.
On 2009-09-10 at 02:49:40, BorgClown wrote...
I also don't know a lot about it in general, as I've lived more in the northern states. But I can give another example: USAians are free to cross the border, no visa or passport needed, and IIRC, you can even live here as long as you don't buy land. Returning is a little bit harder, as your government requires your passport. South of South of the border is another story, Central America leaks many immigrants, all hoping to traverse the whole length of Mexico in order to reach USA. About 15 years ago our government tightened up our southern frontier as part of our commercial treaties with USA. Can't remember if it was Clinton or Bush Jr. who put that on the table.