From "Pochos" to Heroes
How is Mexico Building Political Ties with its Diaspora
Mexico has pursued different forms of involvement and interaction with is expatriate community in the United States. In the late nineteenth century and until the great deportation of Mexicans during the depression years, the Mexican government was highly involved in the social, political and cultural life of émigrés in the United States (Santamaría Gómez 2001).
Having a relatively small population, which further declined as a result of the Revolution, Mexico also followed during that period an unsuccessful policy of discouraging emigration, since there was the view that the entire population was needed to rebuild the country. Emigrants that went north, notwithstanding, and were perceived as adopting Anglo-Saxon values, were called Pochos, and in the national imaginary they were considered traitors.