MEXICO - Influx of Americans Anger Locals

Arno Froese

The Los Angeles Times report outlined how some Mexican locals are “fed up” with the growing number of Americans, many from California, moving to and visiting the country, which has contributed to a rise in rent and a shift from Spanish to English in some places.

English is also reportedly becoming more prevalent as more Americans are moving to and visiting Mexico City to take advantage of lower rent and the ability to stay in Mexico for six months without a visa.

While the Los Angeles Times report insisted that the “vast majority” of Mexico City locals are “unwaveringly kind” to visitors, there remains a “friction beneath the surface” of what gentrification means to the area.

“There’s a distinction between people who want to learn about the place they are in and those who just like it because it’s cheap,” said 31-year-old Hugo Van der Merwe, a man who grew up in Florida and Namibia who has been working remotely in Mexico City. “I’ve met a number of people who don’t really care that they’re in Mexico, they just care that it’s cheap.”

The Los Angeles Times says that in the first four months of this year, 1.2 million foreign visitors arrived at Mexico City’s airport., 28 July 2022

Arno's Commentary

Here again, money rules. Tourists from richer countries can find bargains in poorer countries. But as this article indicates, the locals are protective of their own culture and especially language. At this time, Spanish is the most spoken language on the American continent (North and South), with English a close second. Realizing that Central and South American countries have a higher birth rate than the US, for example, how does the future look? The balance would tilt toward the Spanish language.

Pew Research notes that the number of Catholics in Latin America decreased from 94% in 1910, to 69% in 2014. While Protestants made up only 1% of the Latin American population in 1910, they have now reached the 19% mark. This research shows that the message of the gospel, the good news, is being preached in fulfillment of Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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