In light of recent events, some members have expressed concerns regarding ex-pats participating in public demonstrations or speaking about issues of concern. Please note the following clarification of the Mexican constitutional law as it refers to temporary or permanent residents, and Mexican citizens.
Residente Temporal: One cannot be involved in election politics, but one may talk about the environment, natural resources, commercial developments, and sign petitions.
Mexican Residente Permanente: May talk about politics and election. Can march in peaceful demonstrations, sign petition, but can not vote unless a citizen.
Mexican Citizens: whether born here or nationalized:
Article #35 of the Constitution sets forth the following: The prerogatives of citizens are:
I. To vote at popular elections;
II. To be voted for, for offices subject to popular election, and to be appointed to any other employment or commission if they have the qualifications established by law;
III. To associate together to discuss the political affairs of the country;
IV. To bear arms in the Army or National Guard in the defense of the Republic and its institutions, under the provisions prescribed by law;
V. To exercise in all cases the right of petition.
Article 33: Foreigners are those who do not possess the qualifications set forth in Article 30. They are entitled to the guarantees granted by Chapter I, Title I, of the Constitution.
Only the Mexican President shall have exclusive power to compel any foreigner he may deem inexpedient to abandon the national territory immediately and without the necessity of previous legal action for serious threats against National Security. (This is very rare).