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Security worries wealthy mexicans, will relocate and invest in U.S.

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Recently, and due to the drug war in Mexico two new developments are happening in the U.S. border region of Rio Grande Valley and the north of Mexico.

The first new development at the border is that  more and more elite Mexicans look to foreign investment in the rio Grande Valley as a way to escape the violence. That happens specially in the Hidalgo County and the city of McAllen.

Due to kidnappings, wealthy Mexicans no longer feel safe in their country and many are looking to relocate and invest north of the Rio Grande. But the investment has more to do with the requirements for legal immigration, than any other reason.

Permanent residency, or a investor visa, is available to foreign nationals and their family members who invest at least $500,000 in the United States, according to the immigration laws.

The second development has also to do with the violence in Mexico. Criminal activity in northern Mexico, like kidnapping for ransom, burglary and extortions has many mexicans opting to fly between the Rio Grande Valley, the city of McAllen and Mexico, rather than traveling by car/bus and risking cartel violence.

Small planes ferry mexicans and american businessmen from/to Monterrey,  Tampico and the Rio Grande Valley. The reasons are multiple, it can be just be shopping in the U.S. ,  family visit , tourism or business. The reason behind these flights are obvious, to avoid the danger of  becoming  part of highway quarrel among rival cartels or open gun battles between the cartels and government police and mexican troops. Also to avid kidnappings for ransom.