Do U.S. Politics Affect How Americans Are Treated in Mexico?

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We receive over 1,000 emails a month from readers of the blog asking us various questions about Mexico. Whenever we see the same question being asked by multiple people, we often dedicate a post to the subject. That’s what we’re doing today.

The question that readers keep asking us is this:

Has the political tension between the U.S. and Mexico changed how Americans are treated in Mexico, and if so, has it created any safety concerns?

This one is easy to answer…

Although no one can deny that President Trump and his policies are rather unpopular in Mexico, we have found that the majority of Mexican people don’t associate American politics with individual Americans.

In fact, unless you choose to engage in a political conversation with someone while you’re in Mexico — which in my opinion is a bad idea no matter what country you’re in — you aren’t likely to hear much talk about it.

We also aren’t aware of any safety issues or incidents of Americans being targeted unfairly by authorities as a result of the current political situation.

As far as the Mexicans government is concerned, it’s business as usual. Resident/work visas are still being granted to Americans who meet the requirements and American tourists can still visit the country for up to 180 days at a time.

So, if you’ve been putting off visiting Mexico because you’ve had the same concerns, hopefully this post has made you feel better about coming down.

Let’s Wrap This Up

My wife and I immigrated to Mexico from the United States when we retired in 2015. From the moment that we arrived, the Mexican people that we have encountered have all been friendly, helpful and very welcoming. The words and actions of politicians — no matter what country they’re from — haven’t changed that at all.

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About the Author

Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. In 2016, they started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) sharing their experiences, as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border. The blog has been viewed over two million times and the articles have been republished in numerous periodicals across Mexico.