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Drug war sparks exodus of affluent Mexicans

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 – and 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.”

Click to read the entire article Drug war sparks exodus of affluent Mexicans (The Washington Post, 8-26-11)

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