Mexican immigration and baseball in Brooklyn: Networking, alternative income, and remittances at Red Hook Park's Mexican baseball league of New York
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Mexican migration into the United States is a recurring contemporary theme. This movement of people has seen the Mexican immigrant population reach tremendous growth in cities that have never had a significant Latino population. In the city of New York, migration patterns have created an immense Mexican population that is projected to surpass Dominicans and Puerto Ricans by the end of 2020. For these individuals community is essential in order to navigate the social structure of a new society and maintain Mexican identity despite being thousands of miles away from home. Because of Baseball's huge popularity in Mexico, The Mexican Baseball League of New York at Red Hook Park provides a space filled with crucial economic and political opportunities for Mexican immigrants . Within the Mexican Baseball League of New York, which operates in Red Hook Park, the Cafeteros baseball team operates as a source of income that finances numerous projects important for the development of their hometown in Tezonapa, Veracruz. All the while, The Mexican Baseball League of New York provides an important space to speak about political issues dealing with citizenship and immigration reform, which are important to the Mexican immigrant identity revolving around the league. Finally, the Mexican Baseball League of New York provides several Mexican immigrants the ability to obtain alternative income to low-wage labor, through vending of sport merchandise and food. In this way, baseball's contributions to this Mexican community goes far beyond its primary nature as a leisure activity.