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Uncomfortable times for U.S. expats in Mexico

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 01:34

Americans living in Mexico say they're backing Clinton for president in the light of Donald Trump's atittude towards their adopted home. Paul Chapman reports.

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San Miguel de Allende is home to large numbers of expat Americans lured by mild climate, cosmopolitan atmosphere and affordable property prices. Up to 19, 000 of its 140, 000 population are Americans who live here permanently or part-time. Presidential elections back home don't normally interest them all that much. Now they say they're feeling extremely uncomfortable given the repeated references to Mexico, particularly by Republican contender Donald Trump and his plans for a wall along the border. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. EXPAT DAVID ERINGDALE SAYING: "It's very embarrassing for an American because I have no idea how he got there. It's a puzzle. I hope he doesn't make it, but if he does I'd just hope that he doesn't do what he says he would do." (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. EXPAT BRIGHAM GOLDEN SAYING: "I know people who would leave the United States if he wins. It's not a joke, they would literally do that." Marc Berube leads the official Democratic Party organisation for Americans living abroad. He says expats are pinning their hopes on a Clinton victory in next week's polls. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MARC BERUBE, DEMOCRATS ABROAD LEADER IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, SAYING: "Assuming Hillary wins, people will be much less stressed and much happier because then all the progress that's been made and the relationships that have been built here will continue to grow." A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday put Clinton five percentage points ahead of Trump, down slightly since the FBI last week said it was reviewing more emails in its investigation of Clinton.

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Uncomfortable times for U.S. expats in Mexico

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 01:34