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 moving to 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, in one form or another, is this: Has the political tension between the U.S. and Mexico had a negative impact on how individual Americans are treated in Mexico?

This one is easy to answer…no.

Although no one can deny that President Trump is quite unpopular in Mexico, the negative feelings that many Mexican have for him don’t transfer to individual Americans who either visit or live in Mexico. The people are just as friendly, helpful and inviting as they’ve always been.

We routinely correspond with American expats who live throughout Mexico and they report the same thing.

As far as the Mexicans government is concerned, there haven’t been any changes at all. 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.

Let’s Wrap This Up

My wife and I immigrated to Mexico from the United States when we retired in 2015. The low cost of living and affordable health care brought us to Mexico but one of the reasons why we choose to stay is because of the people. They have been absolutely wonderful to us and we truly feel at home here.

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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 ( 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.



  1. Hello Paul: I appreciate your insightful article on this subject. However, I believe the correct terminology is that you and your wife “emigrated to México from the United States….” rather than “immigrated.” There are three different things, which are often mistakenly used interchangeably:
    – MIGRATE (to go from one country, region, or place to another; to pass periodically from one region or climate to another, as certain birds, fishes, and animals)
    – EMIGRATE (to leave one country or region to settle in another)
    – IMMIGRATE (to come to a country of which one is not a native, usually for permanent residence.
    to pass or come into a new habitat or place, as an organism)

    While the words emigrate and immigrate have similar definitions, the appropriate term for what you and your wife did was “emigrate.”

    My wife and I worked and lived in México for 11+ YEARS (2001-2012) but we neither emigrated nor immigrated. We were simply temporary residents, eventually returning to our permanent home in the United States. We had FM-3 work visas, but we never pursued Mexican citizenship (nor dual citizenship). So we were merely migrants.