Immigration Crackdown? Again.....

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, October 07, 2021, 17:49 (19 days ago) @ Ironwood

I saw this exact same video with the same guy, the same script, but filmed in a different location-by the ocean. That was early this year. Same story, same guy.

It's easy to be legal, it's not a big deal. Especially if you want to live in a country that you aren't (yet) a citizen of. Mexico makes it easy.

I don't have a dog in this fight, but regardless of when or where this guy's messages originate, they seem to make sense, and I don't see him profiting from them. I think we all know someone who has used the "180 days in, 3 days out" system to enable them to live basically full-time in Mexico for years. Some have used it because they cannot meet the income qualifications for a resident visa. The warning is that those days appear to be coming to an end. The other warning is the requirement.....apparently in some areas of Mexico and not others.....to always carry original documents, (passport, FMM, other ID, etc)....or run the risk of spending a day or two in the hoosegow while the authorities check-out ones status. This last issue worries me: I always carry only photocopies of my passport, ID and tourist visa, the thinking being that if I got mugged, (I know, I know.....not very likely, but I know foreigners who have been) at least they wouldn't get my precious originals.
You're right: for most travellers, being " legal" is the best policy.

Hoosegow = juzga'o (spoken with an accent similar to our local one), from the word juzgado. A police court or tribunal, often with a police station attached.

What's actually happening is the federal government is cracking down on corruption. For decades lots of people including some foreigners have taken advantage of corrupt officials and an archaic and corrupt system. But there's a new sheriff in town. I don't expect any magical swift changes, but I expect public officials will begin taking their jobs more seriously if they want to keep them. Aduanas was so corrupt they put the military in charge of all the ports.

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