Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo, a national holiday in Mexico, celebrates the legendary Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, in which a Mexican force of 4,500 men faced 6,000 well-trained men of the French Army. The battle lasted four hours and ended in a victory for the Mexican Army under Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza. Along with Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16, Cinco de Mayo has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.
Just imagine if we celebrated every French Military loss, we'd be drunk year round!
Mexico Loses More Population to U.S. Migration Than to Death
Mexico has lost more people to migration to the United States than death since 2000, according to a Mexican government report out Thursday (May 3rd). The report found that an average of 577,000 people migrated to the U.S. each year between 2000-2005, compared to 495,000 deaths a year in the same period. Mexico had 104.9 million residents as of last year. Immigration across the border has increased drastically since 1970, when 800,000 Mexicans lived in the U.S., to now, when there are about 11 million Mexicans living here, both legally and illegally. The study also showed more Mexicans traveling illegally to the U.S. In 1993-1997, 48 percent of Mexicans entered the country illegally. That increased to 68 percent between 1998-2001, and to 78 percent from 2001-2005, mostly because of stricter security measures related to the 9/11 attacks.