Thursday, January 4, 2007

El Universal - Mexico Edition:Web Site Will Track Migration Patterns The Mexican government has launched a new web site tracking the hometowns of millions of Mexicans residing in the United States, the Foreign Relations Secretariat (SRE) said. The site, which features maps of both countries, shows how Mexican migrants tend to settle in U.S. cities where residents from their home state or town have gone before them, the SRE said in a news release. The SRE said the information, gathered by Mexican consulates in the United States, will help people to better understand Mexican migration. According to the site, Omaha, Nebraska, has become the key destination for Mexicans hailing from the steamy southern state of Campeche, while Atlanta has drawn residents from the cactus-studded central state of Hidalgo. San Francisco is home primarily to migrants from the Yucat√°n, while residents from the swampy Gulf Coast state of Tabasco tend to move to Raleigh, North Carolina, according to the site.
[Our take: This information is used by illegal aliens to decide where to go in the United States to join family, friends and community members, where they will find ample support infrastructure. The web site also invites Mexicans to submit queries via email for more detailed information about destinations in the U.S., such as education and job opportunities. It advises illegal aliens of the importance of their Matricula Consular cards for identification in order to open bank accounts, get library cards and obtain a drivers license and other necessities of daily life in the U.S.]