About the Project

Mexican Communities Abroad


Maps and Timeline

Photo Galleries:
Communities Abroad

The Border

Turning Points

       In 1990, the Mexican government created the Mexican Communities Abroad program to announce and center a dramatic shift in policy from a traditional indifference toward Mexican migrants to the United States to a warm embrace and attempt to define and recruit those migrants as members of a Mexican diaspora.

       The picture gallery is composed of snapshots taken of the program's activities in action. They give a rich sense of the new transnational scope of one nation-state as it tries to define and present itself to people on both sides of the border.

       Through this program the Mexican government sponsors:
6,000 soccer leagues in the United States and provides exchanges of athletes between the two countries
250 Mexican teachers to augment bilingual education
north of the border
The presentation of Mexican culture in American schools
Trips to reacquaint Mexican American children
with their heritage
The development of Spanish-language soap operas for broadcast on U.S. radio stations to strengthen migrants' allegiance to the country they left behind

      The reasons for creating the program, along with accounts of its operation, are described in articles by its third administrator, Rodulfo Figueroa-Aramoni, and by the "bureaucrat with a weakness for social science," Carlos González Gutiérrez, who developed programs in Mexico's largest American consulate, that of Los Angeles.