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Wealthy, business-savvy Mexican immigrants transform Texas city

Publié par Clifford Armion le 25/03/2013

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Molly Hennessy-Fiske

SAN ANTONIO — The Mexican businessmen in Rolexes and Burberry ties meet on the north side of town, at Cielito Lindo Restaurant, or at new neighboring country clubs. Their wives frequent Neiman Marcus, Tiffany's and Brooks Brothers at the nearby mall. Their children park Porsches with Mexican license plates in the student lots at Reagan High School.
They are part of a wave of legal Mexican immigrants who have been overlooked in the national debate over how to deal with their largely impoverished illegal compatriots. Propelled north by drug cartel violence, they paid thousands of dollars to hire attorneys and obtain investors' visas for themselves and their families (including maids). They have regrouped in gated developments in several Texas cities, where their growing influence has been compared to the impact of well-heeled Cuban refugees who arrived in Miami decades ago.
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"Wealthy, business-savvy Mexican immigrants transform Texas city", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2013. Consulté le 18/07/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/wealthy-business-savvy-mexican-immigrants-transform-texas-city