Iīm not sure I understand whay you want to establish residency in the United States. What is the advantage unless you are a green card holder?
A word of caution. you must be cautious in Laredo using that Handi-Mail address. I did use the MBE mailing address in Laredo a few years ago to register my car in Texas but I have heard from others since that they may be on to that little scam. You may go to a lot of trouble just to be turned down by the tax office just because of that address. I also think you will need more than a Handi-Mail address to get a driverīs license in Texas these days. Perhaps a current utility bill or rental deposit receipt or something of that nature.
For filing Federal income tax returns, just use your Mexican or Handi-Mail address. Do not use your California address if you may owe them state income taxes.
As for banks, Jerezano is right. You need to have established U.S. bank accounts and credit card accounts before you move here or you will not be able to open new accounts. However, the fact that you have moved to Mexico after establishing those accounts is of no consequence - especially since you have that Handi-Mail address.
The best hotel in Laredo is probably La Posada but itīs expensive. They have a lot of places such as the Red Roof Inn if you are looking for an economy room.
I still, however, wonder why you want or need to establish U.S. residency vs. simply having a mail forwarding address there.
(This post was edited by Bubba on Feb 2, 2007, 1:03 PM)