Why Are More Mexicans Starting to Migrate to Canada?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And are black beans of a higher class than Mexican beans?

DEAR MEXICAN: I'm in this country illegally, but I have a current passport from the country I am from, and I have an international driver's license. I could not renew my California driver's license after my travel visa expired. Occasionally, I fly commercially within the U.S., and these docs are always sufficient. I wish to take a cruise to Alaska that leaves from and returns to Seattle, with no stops in Canada. Will these docs work for that, or am I putting myself at risk with the authorities?

La Estrella de Sinaloa

DEAR SINALOA STAR: While you can theoretically make it—your proposed trip is domestic travel, after all—it's better to not put yourself at risk, since the Obama administration is even cracking down on cruise ships in its ridiculous search for the undocumented. Then again, maybe you should take the trip. Go to Alaska, then smuggle yourself into Canada, as the Great Gabacho North continues to welcome Mexicans as though they're welcoming burritos (Burrito Brothers in Toronto? Not too bad for a Canadian burrito). According to the Mexican Migration Project, the number of temporary workers who found employment in Canada grew from about 7,000 cabrones in 1998 to nearly 18,000 in 2007. And those hosers are so darn nice that academics writing for the Migraciones Internacionales journal last year opined, "Although results reported here suggest that American guest workers fare much better in the labor market than those without documents, they still do not achieve the same level of economic welfare as their counterparts in Canada, earning less money per hour, working fewer hours per week, remaining abroad fewer months per year, and thus earning 28 percent less income during a season of work." You heard the eggheads, raza: Time to push Aztlán into Alberta!

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DEAR MEXICAN: I must be one low-class individual. According to the news, Taco Bell is introducing an "upper-class" menu that includes black beans. I never even heard of black beans until I moved from Los Angeles to Denver. Grandma always made pinto beans, and I used to (and still do, on occasion) eat them by the bowl. Since when did black beans become higher-class?

Dumbfounded In Denver

DEAR GABACHO WAB: Beans as status symbols? You know it! Although black beans are a part of the Mexican diet, traditionally, they're only found in the southern and Gulf Coast states; the rest of the country sticks with pinto beans. But black beans became associated with Mexican food in los Estados Unidos mostly because of food trends that gabachos loved and Mexicans didn't bother with. They started popping up at "higher-end" Mexican restaurants during the Southwestern-cuisine movement of the 1980s, the same fad that brought us fajitas and the abomination known as the Southwestern (or Santa Fe) chicken salad, an ensalada that's unknown in New Mexico. The megachain Chipotle, which emphasizes its use of hormone-free meat, continued the use of black beans, further searing into the American psyche that those legumes are somehow healthier than pintos, even though both are equally good for eaters. Now, Taco Bell is following in their footsteps with the use of frijoles negros, knowing that gabachos now associate black beans with trendy food and the humble pinto with beaners. I will give Taco Bell credit regarding one part of its Cantina Bell project: Though the higher-ups didn't get a Mexican to head it, they did get some Venezuelan chica instead of a gabacho such as Rick Bayless, thereby keeping this atrocity in the Latino family, but not daring to pin it on an actual Mexican. Now that's progress!

 
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craig soares
craig soares

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Frank
Frank

the last restaurant you see before you cross the US/Canadian border on I-5 is a Mexican place run by folks from Guadalajara called "El Paso del Norte"- food is decent, and they have lots of Border Patrol as customers...personally, I think they should change the name to "Last Chance"-because once you cross the border passable (much less decent) Mexican food does not exist!!! If you want Indian or Chinese-that's another story....

Listen2
Listen2

I encourage all of us to register and vote this coming November, because it is going to be a close election and your vote will count. I can't understand the American voter, much less the Hispanic voter, if you don't vote, you don't express your voice. My mom became an American citizen because she wanted to vote for John F. Kennedy in 1960, that is how important it was to her. If you don't vote, you don't have a right to complain, you become a hypocrite. Take an interest in your children's education, because California schools for the most part are mediocre, hold your children and the teachers accountable for their education. Encourage your children to read, read, read and take them to the library, teach them to read phonetically if they have problems, don't wait on the schools, do it yourself. If your child reads well, the world is open to him.

urbanleftbehind
urbanleftbehind

Well, Canada is in far greater danger of actual Jihad and its most violent criminals are either Jamaican (Toronto) or Chinese (Vancouver). Plus its effin cold and you only see the sun from 9am to 3pm in winter. Enjoy being under the radar. As regards black beans, I think people associate pinto beans (and the corn tortilla) with being fat. Younger Mexicans make the connection "the Cubans, Ricans, and South Americans in Miami are not fat, so maybe we should stop eating the refried pinto beans".

Mrroachsir
Mrroachsir

Canadia welcomes Mexicans???!!! Well boys get on up there! But wait 10 years when they start to overrun THAT country an see how welcome they become. BTW Gustavo I'm sure there's some sort of liberal hate mongering Newspaper you can write for up there. And hey here's an idea....Why don't you sneak into Canada then You can be an actual illegal immigrant therefore maybe finally getting some credibility?

Prawda
Prawda

As far as the borders are concerned gustavo is for open borders and giving anchor babies free college while citizens pay full rate. Duh. He loves that idea. Real fair huh, real fair. Quote me one negative comment Gus made about the way mexico treats their immigrants, he will just come on, call me foul names and that's the way he rolls. Typical for liberals, blame bush or name call.

Geoff Feller
Geoff Feller

Why should Gustavo be "so concerned about what America does"? Maybe because he's a US citizen, born here like you and me. I have read ample criticism in Gustavo's column directed at his "beloved" Mexico so I doubt he harbors illusions about our southern neighbor.

Cyndi
Cyndi

I put a recipe for black beans up on my website many years ago (before blogs and commenting existed). I noted that this was the same method I learned when I spent some time in Nicaragua. I got a very condescending letter from a young woman who had immigrated to the US from Nicaragua. Only poor people ate black beans, she told me. They most certainly were not authentic Nicaraguan food. I must have encountered them because I was there when things were bad economically (1986) and people couldn't get the real deal. Her family, she assured me, only ate pinto beans. After laughing my ass off, I went back to enjoying my black beans.

Prawda
Prawda

I am commenting on and am quoting Gustavo. My thoughts are his comments are ridiculing the US government for searching for undocumented inbounds. My next thought is why is he so concerned about what America does yet his beloved mexico beats their immigrants coming in from the south. And as far as mexicans welcoming "their brothers from the south" as Jerry puts it. Let me tell you something. i have worked amongst hispanics for a long time. Their dislike for "those brothers from the south" is obvious and spoken about often.They HATE Ecuadorians, San Salvadorians ,and are not ashamed to admit it. Same as like the pecking order in the Asian community, Japanese first then Chinese and then as they both refer to them as "the big headed Koreans". As they used to say on dragnet "just the facts mae'm, just the facts"

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

prawda the People of Mexico welcome central and south americans. The people have no problems with then and there is also many Mexican groups that help them with food and a place to sleep at night. Its the criminals that huet them and the criminal irganisations that rob everyone. The people of Mexico love there brothers from south and central america and they help them with food and shelter all the time but this doesnt get reported.

Geoff Feller
Geoff Feller

I've seen black beans in frozen "southwest style" quesadillas but not often in Albuquerque restaurants. Quesadillas aren't too common around here, either.

Geoff Feller
Geoff Feller

I've seen black beans in frozen "southwestern" quesadillas but both quesadillas and frijoles negro are pretty rare in Albuquerque restaurants.

 
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