‘I got deported from Mexico!’ Country expels hundreds of U.S. citizens every year
Mexico City – Patrick Kowalski was 26 when he got bored of his job in the U.S. and took a trip to Mexico on a tourist visa in search of adrenaline and ready for anything.
He wanted to live like a Mexican, he said, and get to know the historic and cultural sites that everybody around him seemed to be talking about.
He ended up settling in Acapulco, where he said he lived his dream life of little work and plenty of booze and marijuana — until he was accused of robbing a woman. The accuser went to authorities, who asked him for his passport. That’s when it emerged that his tourist permit to stay in Mexico had expired.
“I found myself in the prosecutor’s office in Acapulco, where they called immigration to deport me,” Kowalski told Fox News Latino a year after the incident, in a telephone interview from Miami, where he now lives.
“I never imagined that an American could be expelled from Mexico,” he added.
Not only can U.S. citizens get deported from Mexico, they do.
Deported Americans accounted for more than 2,000 cases in 2015, an average of five cases per day or more. In 2014, 1,243 Americans were deported from Mexico, according to figures provided by the Mexican migration policy unit.
As of October of this year, 2,079 American citizens had been deported — the majority of them through Baja California, with other border states like Tamaulipas and Sonora also seeing frequent cases.
Americans account for about 10 percent of undocumented people who Mexico deports – the total number is 127,149. A large majority of people expelled from Mexico are from Central America, which saw almost 120,000 people deported from Mexico, most of them returned to Guatemala and Honduras.