Anna Crosslin, president and CEO of the International Institute, says Hispanic immigration routes or "flow patterns" traditionally split off south of St. Louis in Missouri's bootheel, with one path running into Illinois toward the Metro East or Chicago. Another has tracked west toward agricultural areas of Nebraska and Iowa. St. Louis historically has gotten skipped.But if you read "Ask a Mexican," Gustavo Arellano's syndicated column providing frank (and funny) answers to your questions about Latino culture, and Mexicans in particular, you'll get a slightly different answer.
St. Louis is just a bit more than four hours away from Chicago, the ciudad with the second-largest Mexican community in the United States, a community with roots that go back nearly 125 years. Nothing against the Lou, but why would Mexicans stay in the Jalostotitlán of the Midwest when they can move to the Jerez?Now,"Jalostotitlán" is not necessarily the sister city we'd aspire to. It's apparently got 71,000 souls and an economy largely kept afloat on agriculture and remittances from family members in the U.S. A glittery metropolis, it ain't.
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