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Mexican dream tied to American Dream

Jorge Castaneda

TEXT OF INTERVIEW

BILL RADKE: Mexico's government says emigration dropped 25 percent in the year that ended last August -- mostly due to a lack of jobs in the U.S. Even with the drop, about 300,000 Mexicans a year make that trip.

This week, we're bringing you a series called "Next American Dream." We're joined by former Mexican Foreign Secretary Jorge Castaneda
Mr. Castaneda, what does the "American Dream" mean to Mexicans today?

JORGE CASTANEDA: I think the American Dream was and is very much alive and well in Mexico, in Central America and in the Caribbean. In the sense that people believe that if they leave those countries and go to the United States, they can have a much better life for themselves and for their children and for their family than the one they enjoy in their own countries.

RADKE: How has the global recession affected Mexicans' take on the American Dream do you think?

CASTANEDA: People are still leaving Mexico to go to the United States to find work, to find jobs. And they are not returning from the United States, those who are there, because they can't find any work. They are finding work that pays a little less well than it used to. They know that they can still make 8 to 10 times more in the United States than in Mexico or El Salvador or Honduras. And they know also that they are in a better situation in terms of finding a job in the United States than with the mass levels of unemployment that they are now experiencing in their own countries.

RADKE: What would you say is the Mexican dream?

CASTANEDA: The real Mexican dream, not the false one, not the one that the intellectuals like myself make up, but the real one is that people leave for the United States, find a well-paying job, improve their income level slightly over time, eventually obtain papers, bring their family or create a family, build a family in the United States. And then later on in life, depending on their age and how they do, etc., maybe go home to Mexico to retire. But to retire at an early age, at 50ish or something like that. I think that to a large extent that is the Mexican dream. Because the other one is that they could find the same sorts of jobs in Mexico that they find in the U.S., and that hasn't happened for the last 100 odd years, and will not happen at least for the next 15 or 20 years.

RADKE: Jorge Castaneda is a former foreign minister of Mexico, now a professor at New York University. Thank you.

CASTANEDA: Thank you very much.

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Why don't you ask JORGE CASTANEDA about the four time convicted illegal foreigner drunk driver that recently killed a four year old girl in Nebraska? Why doesn't Marketplace care about the welfare, safety and jobs of U.S. Citizens and legal residents?

Why don't you ask JORGE CASTANEDA about the four time convicted illegal foreigner drunk driver that recently killed a four year old girl in Nebraska? Why doesn't Marketplace care about the welfare, safety and jobs of U.S. Citizens and legal residents?

What the person said is true. Although, the part about being censored is not true. The gentleman spoke as if it is right for people to enter some else's country instead of a privilege. He needs illegal immigration due to the corruption and abuses that occur in the formentioned countries. I have no problem with immigration. I do have a problem with someone entering without permission. He also should work for fairness in is own country or is that to much to ASK!

@william cash
No its not alot to ask for i know how you feel. i woildnt want someonet coming into my place without knowing who they are or anythingi get that. i know that we have no valid excuse to be breaking the laws. The thing is that our government (mexican goverment) does not help us out at all its a very corrupt. That is why we just decided to come in here to the united states illegally looking for a better life i get that we are breaking the law but we think that is the only option that we have since the only way that you can get a visa to come to the united states is if you have money

No its not alot to ask for i know how you feel. i woildnt want someonet coming into my place without knowing who they are or anythingi get that. i know that we have no valid excuse to be breaking the laws. The thing is that our government (mexican goverment) does not help us out at all its a very corrupt. That is why we just decided to come in here to the united states illegally looking for a better life i get that we are breaking the law but we think that is the only option that we have since the only way that you can get a visa to come to the united states is if you have money

What the person said is true. Although, the part about being censored is not true. The gentleman spoke as if it is right for people to enter some else's country instead of a privilege. He needs illegal immigration due to the corruption and abuses that occur in the formentioned countries. I have no problem with immigration. I do have a problem with someone entering without permission. He also should work for fairness in is own country or is that to much to ASK!

JORGE CASTANEDA is a foreign national you endorses the breaking of U.S. laws while pledging his allegiance to a foreign power. There should be no "American Dream" for people that break our immigration laws. Shame on Marketplace for not showing the other side of the issue: identity theft, drunk driving offenses, gang bangers, and our failed schools and bankrupted health care system--all caused by illegal immigration. Marketplace will try to censor my opinion, as they have done in the past. They have one leftist point of view, and no others are allowed.

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