- Title Pages
- Part I Running for the Border to Escape Justice
- 1 El Fugitivo
- Part II Economic Motivations for Southbound Border Runs
- 2 Gringos in Paradise
- 3 A Giant Sucking Sound
- Part III Illicit Motivations for Southbound Border Runs
- 4 Margaritaville
- 5 Losin’ It
- 6 Going Southbound
- Part IV Economic Motivations for Northbound Border Runs
- 7 Rum-Running for the Border
- 8 Acapulco Gold
- 9 Coming to America
- Part V A Framework for Comprehensive Border Reform
- 10 Lessons from 150 Years of Border Crossings
- 11 Good Neighbor Immigration Policy
- 12 Reefer Madness
- 13 A Framework for Southbound Crossings
- 14 Laws the Border Leaves Behind
- About the Author
- (p.31) 2 Gringos in Paradise
- Run For the Border
Steven W. Bender
- NYU Press
This chapter begins a survey of economic motivations for southbound border runs with a discussion of U.S. citizens lured by the promise of cheaper cost of living south of the border, often in gate-guarded enclaves of resort towns. In recent decades, Mexico has attracted many retirees and buyers of vacation homes, as well as telecommuters and others with the flexibility to conduct their work from Mexico. Although Mexico’s Constitution imposed constraints on foreign ownership in the wake of the Mexican Revolution, today those restrictions are readily side-stepped by these gringos in paradise. Their entry, however, offers little benefit to the rural regions of Mexico, and the chapter ultimately suggests how the gringo influx might exacerbate rather than solve Mexico’s economic woes.
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