June 21, 2007
Deportee of the Day: Antonio Aguilar
Mexican singer and actor Antonio Aguilar, who delighted international audiences for years with wholesome musical rodeo shows that earned him a reputation as the Roy Rogers of Mexico, has died on Mexico City. He was 88. During his career, Aguilar made over 150 albums and sold 25 million records while making 150 movies as well.
With the goal of becoming a classical singer, Aguilar a scholarship to study music in Los Angeles in the early 1940s, but he was deported and started working in Tijuana, earning $12 a week. The complete obituary from the LA Times can be found here.
Thanks for Carolina for the suggestion that we honor Aguilar and Cappy White for the story.
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It doesn't appear that he's suffered much from his deportation, and Mexico retained a valued citizen who brought credit to his nation. Who lost by his deportation? Perhaps if more Mexicans stayed home instead of abandoning their country in its time of need, maybe Mexicans could make something our of their corrupt nation.
Posted by: George | Jun 21, 2007 3:36:55 PM
I think the previous commenter is missing the point, perhaps deliberately.
The result in no way excuses the bad intent or justice of the deportation. The fact that Mr. Aguilar ended up with an unusually successful singing career is just that - unusual.
In addition, if Mexico gained by his return, then we probably lost. Perhaps Mexico gained more than we lost. Ironically, yet our current immigration policies drains the educated talent of other countries, and turns away those who are most in need (and have the fewest resources to help their own country). Perhaps George Williams can address these points in a more sincere comment.
Posted by: Philip | Aug 15, 2007 1:03:56 PM