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    'Germans' Leaving Mexico in Droves

    According to this page describing German dialects spoken in Kansas, the latest wave of immigration of German-speakers to Kansas is coming from...Mexico:

    For over a decade, farm laborers and their families from Mennonite colonies in Chihuahua province in northern Mexico have been migrating into the market of southwestern Kansas. These people are Low German-speaking Old Colony Mennonites who immigrated to Canada from southern Russian in the late nineteenth century.

    After the First World War, they moved to new colonies in Mexico to avoid restrictions being placed on them by the Canadian authorities. Now as the economic conditions in Chihuahua deteriorate they are seeking better opportunities for their families.... The high demand in southwestern Kansas for agricultural labor is drawing them to Kansas.... The need for cheap labor in the feed lots is overwhelming and with the Spanish-speaking Mexicans that flock to this labor market come Plautdietsch-speaking Mennonites as well.

    Today ... we estimate that some 5,000 Mennonites from Mexico are living in the southwestern counties of Kansas. These are young families with children. At home the language of everyday use is Plautdietsch. The church congregations established by these new immigrants vary in their language use.

    In November 2003, we experienced a two-hour worship service at the Gospel Mennonite Church in Copeland, Kansas. All preaching was in Low German; hymn singing and Bible passages in literary German; one closing hymn was sung in English.

    In other congregations, the use of English for preaching has been reported. Schools operated by these Mennonites are conducted in English. All schools, whether Mennonite or public, must deal with large numbers of children requiring ESL classes as they enter the school system. It can be overwhelming for a teacher in first grade to be confronted with half of the class consisting of Low German-speaking children.

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also reports that fully one-third of its low income health contacts are with these Low German-speaking Mennonites in southwestern Kansas.

    Source:http://andrewhammel.typepad.com/germ...s-leaving.html

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    We'll Gladly Take Them!

    I'll let in every single one of those Mennonites, rather than a million more 'regular' Mexicans!

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    There is a sizeable enough Germanic, in fact German minority in Mexico, often from an originally Mennonnite background. You just never hear about them, because they are so different in predicament to your average Mexican that deprives the Mexican Olympic team of a competent Athletics department because the fact that he can run, jump or swim means he is already in the U.S.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    I wonder if anyone has pictures of the Germans in Mexico and their lifestyle. I found some on Wikipedia.

    Mennonite family in Chihuahua



    This picture isn't very clear. Hmm, some peoples in it appear to be mixed but it's too small to make a proper assessment.

    Bavarian influence in Mexico City


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    Mixed?

    The family in the picture are not Germans. The father looks like he might have European blood, but the mother is an Indian. All their offsprings are Mexican, or Indians. If this is what they are getting in Kansas, they are the same as the Illegals we are having problems with.

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    There is a Germannic undercurrent to Mexican culture. Just listen to the Mexican music played at a typical Tex-Mex restaurant. The lyrics are in Spanish, but the underlying music sounds very much like German Oompa music.

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    All of the German enclaves in South America and Mexico are about 90% mixed already. I know that off first-hand experience.

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