Oct 30, 2006, 9:23 AM
Post #18 of 44
Tony, It is true that a foreigner can cross the Mexican border into the free zone with ease, but without a visa, etc. Once they go further onto México, or after 72 hours they are illegal.
Living in México illegally can be done, but it is not easy, especially if a person needs to work to stay here. You will be asked to show your visa, or proof of Mexican citizenship every time you turn around here. If you want to rent a nice house you will need to show proof of identity.
We have had to pledge the title to a house in Mexico City three times when leasing houses in Cuernavaca to guarantee that we will pay the rent. Renting houses is done differently in tourist areas, but you will need a steady outside income to pay the generally higher rents in those areas.
If you want to have electric service, a telephone, or a cell phone in your name, you will need to show identity approved by The Mexican Government. If you manage to get a Mexican drivers license without showing a visa, Mexican drivers licenses are not a valid form of identity here, although some businesses will accept them.
Even my Mexican wife needs to show her Mexican voters card here for many transactions, it is accepted as proof of her Mexican citizenship.
It goes without saying that if you drive an American plated car here without a temporary import sticker on it, you will eventually get nailed.
As for working here illegally, being fluent in Spanish would almost always be requisite and it must be remembered that the Mexican minimum wage is generally the highest wage a person can hope for, and many employers pay less than the minimum. Without papers a person will surely make much less than the minimum. Most Americans cannot live on $10 Dollars a day or less even here.
The standard workweek in México is usually 10 hours per day and usually 6 days per week. If an employee needs to work more hours than that to finish a task, no extra pay is usually given, they are generally paid by the day, not the hour. Without an education, or a profession, this is a tough place to make a living for a worker.
The possession of an illegal firearm, or even a single bullet means mandatory prison time here. Only in the movies can a criminal race across the Canadian or Mexican border and be home free.
As I said, it can be done, but it certainly is not easier than living in The U.S. illegally.
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