I beg to differ over the money deal.
i was going to mention RC. apparently they need the angels there. (that location is remote & has several entry ways). there was only one good result from the security meeting. the 2 criminals were put in jail. (the ones who murdered chris kahr). the rest was nonsense. why would more police presence stop crime? & why do 1500 old folks think they are so important here? the town is not dependent on their dollars, that was a delusion. & what is going on w/the RC attempted murder case? if they have the fingerprints, & videos, where is the update? those criminals are out & about.
There's a lot more than 1500 expats here, I have no idea how many buy 1500 is low.
To be an expat here, you need to have an income. I think it is around $13,000US per person. That is $13MM per 1000 expats that is poured into here and it all from the outside. All that money ends up here with almost no cost to the MX government.
The MX government says that it has 1,000,000+ FM-3s out. That works out to at least 13B US flowing into MX and the number is probably closer to $20B US. That is not a small amount of money to MX.
MX has about 10.000,000 visitors a year that average a bit less than $2,000 per visitor or about $20B also.
Tourism is the third largest souce of income for MX and the expats are 50% of that total.
People here have no concept of how much extra protection that this area gets. Go find a small town in MX and you will be lucky to ever see a cop.
I'm not saying that things are great here, just that they are better than a lot of places in MX.