Fewer Mexicans Heading to US
Immigration boom ending as jobs disappear
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 15, 2011 1:39 PM CST
Hundreds of people wait to pass from Mexico into the United States at the border crossing on December 10, 2010 at Nogales, Arizona.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Looks like we won’t be needing that electric fence, Herman Cain, because the immigrants aren’t coming. A variety of data indicate that fewer Mexicans are coming to the US and many already here are returning, the LA Times reports. Mexican census figures peg net migration at around zero, while US Border Patrol arrests, which are often used to gauge illegal immigration, have plummeted to 304,755 over the past 11 months—down from 1.6 million at their 2000 peak.

“We are at a new point in the history of migration between Mexico and the United States,” one Princeton immigration scholar said recently, noting that in the migrant towns he’s studied, almost no one is making their first trip north. The reason for the decline: increased US border enforcement and decreased economic opportunity. “What stimulates migration is the need for workers,” another scholar explains. “The migrant networks are functioning to say, ‘Don’t come—there’s no work.’”

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Nov 28, 2011 6:28 AM CST
This is actually part of a long term trend, since Mexico's economy continues to grow and their baby boom busted in the 1990s. The country has even seen a long and steady drop in violent crime, although you'd never know it from the headlines. Illegal immigration will still be a problem in the coming years, but probably more from Central America and the Caribbean than from Mexico.
Nov 16, 2011 12:01 PM CST
Okay Look. I'm Getting Tired Of ALL Or MOST Of You All Are Being Racist.! Its Not Mexicans Fault That They See Jobs Open And They Take It Cause White People Are Too Lazy In The US. &&Wow People Are Such Children. We Are ALL The Same Just Darker Or Lighter Then Others. I'm Getting REALLY Tired Of That Kind Of Stuff. Y'all Need Too Get A Life&&Quit Getting Involved With Ours. Mexicans4Ever
Nov 16, 2011 12:28 AM CST
Mexicans obviously want to avoid our intellectual wasteland---if these Newser comments are any indication.