Immigrants express shock at return of Mexico's PRI

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Mexico's new president may dissuade some immigrants from returning home, despite promising economic opportunities there and a faltering job market in the United States.

Preliminary results from Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute released Monday show that the vast majority of the 40,000 Mexican expatriates who voted in Sunday's election cast ballots against President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto.

Many immigrants say they were shocked that his Institutional Revolutionary Party - which largely convinced them to leave their homeland - has returned to power.

Mexican immigration expert Wayne Cornelius says President Felipe Calderon's impressive record in managing the Mexican economy was
overshadowed by the staggering drug violence that has cost more than 47,500 lives since his 2006 election.

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