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Relationship between Mexico and the USA

A neighborly relationship of a special kind

Relations between the United States of America and Mexico have never been easy. The economic and military world power faces a developing and emerging country. Both countries are geographically in North America, but Anglo-American meets Latin American culture, two fundamentally different worldviews. The big neighbor interferes, is dominant and arrogant. Mexico defends itself, takes a role model, benefits and goes its own way - but somehow never gets anywhere.

Geographic limit

Mexico borders on one to the north Length of around 3,145 km to the United States of America. The Rio Bravo is the longest river in Mexico. It rises on American territory in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and is also called Rio Grande there. It forms the natural border between the two states for around 2000 km and finally flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

Clichés and stereotypes

They seem to be a neutral observer Clichés something amusing to have with you. The compatriots involved often insist on their long-established opinions out of sheer ignorance. The Americans see their southern neighbors as mustached crooks, draped in cartridge belts and wearing brim-brimmed sombreros, who like to be filled with tequila and move around on donkeys. Western films send their regards. More disrespectful speculations label the Mexicans as illegal migrants, petty criminal drug dealers and rip-offs, who tie the Americans off the dollars on their beach vacation. Since Mexicans in the USA often do inferior jobs, such as harvest workers, construction workers, waiters, etc., the opinion is circulating that there is no education south of the border.

In return, the Mexicans are not stingy either little advantageous clichés. They call the Americans a commanding, arrogant and arrogant people, without culture and history. American visitors are disrespectfully addressed as "gringo". The term most likely comes from the war, when the invading US soldiers in green uniforms were asked to piss off with “Green go!”. And the Americans don't speak a word of Spanish.

Love relationship

Nonetheless, are the USA is also a great role model. Many Mexicans glorify the United States, prefer to support an American football team than a local football team, moviegoers look forward to the latest Hollywood blockbuster, Coca Cola is by far the favorite drink of Mexicans, hamburgers and hot dog street stalls compete with tacos. American sports cars are just as popular as American branded clothing and electronic gadgets. A trip to Las Vegas, Los Angeles or New York is a lifelong dream.

Vice versa Millions of American tourists travel to Mexico. From a short day trip to shopping across the border, to cultural trips or simply a beach holiday on the wonderful Mexican beaches along the Pacific coast or near Cancun and the Riviera Maya in the Caribbean.

History and the Niños Heroes

They left a deep wound in the Mexican-American relationship Acts of War in the 1840s. Despite their numerical superiority, the Mexicans under General Antonio López de Santa Ana lost the war against the USA after bitter fighting. These penetrated as far as the capital, Mexico City. With patriotic pride, young soldiers tried to defend themselves against the defeat at Chapultepec Castle. The fighters, later called “Niños Heroes” (heroic youth), are still revered and celebrated today and many street names and monuments commemorate the historical event. The government at the time probably only wanted to distract from the facts. Mexico thus lost almost half of its territory. The states of California, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Arizona were annexed by the USA with the flimsy argument that it had to free the population from the "bad Mexicans".

General Santa Ana became a historical figure of hatred for Mexico. National pride was scratched and the American aggressor was never forgiven! Yankee imperialism has always fueled anti-Americanism, even today.

Political stage

American foreign policy was often out of confrontation and trampled on Mexican sovereignty. Mexico held its own contrary political tendencies, the government sympathized with socialist states such as Chile under President Allende, Nicaragua with the Sandinista and Fidel Castro's Cuba. The Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera offered asylum to the Russian refugee Leon Trotsky.

Eternal point of contention

The drug policy of Mexico and the arms policy of the USA lead to constant, mutual accusations. Mexico is doing too little in the fight against the drug cartels and the corruption that goes with it, according to government circles in the USA. The Mexicans counter by arguing that all the weapons used by the drug gangs come from the United States. In addition, only the immense US society demand satisfied after stimulating substances. Without demand there would be no market! A real social conflict that will shape the relationship for years to come. On the other hand, the two countries are cooperating more and more in the cross-border fight against crime.

Border and illegal immigrants

A great burden in the relationship between the two countries is the problem of illegal migrants. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans (and Central American Latinos) illegally cross the border into the promised land every year. Some of them are smuggled into the USA by smugglers (called coyotes). Or they arrive as "wet backs“(Wet back), swimming across the border river Rio Grande. Elaborate Border guards, border fences and walls were only able to temporarily reduce the influx. It is claimed that it is deliberately not hindered efficiently. The benefits of migrant workers for US agriculture predominate; farms rely on low-paid seasonal workers for the fruit and vegetable harvest seasons.

Economic relationship

The Free trade agreement NAFTA between Mexico, the USA and Canada (North American Free Trade Agreement) is intended to improve and intensify the economic relationship. Above all, US capital flows into production facilities close to the border, known as “maquiladores”. The relatively cheap wage level is used to have semi-finished products such as electronic devices, textiles, accessories for the automotive industry, etc. processed. Then the products will be returned to the USA with tax-deductible benefits. In Tijuana alone there are hundreds of such "maquiladores", thousands across northern Mexico, which provide employment to an estimated 1.5 million Mexicans.

Book tip

The highly recommended book “Tortilla Curtain” (in German-speaking countries as “América”) by the American writer T.C. Boyle, gives a tragic insight into the difficulties faced by Mexican migrants in the United States.

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