Mexican Immigration Boom Over: Report
Trend could be permanent, experts say
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2012 4:50 AM CDT
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(Newser) – For the first time since the Great Depression, more Mexicans are leaving the US than are arriving, according to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center. Immigration from Mexico began to slow down in 2005 and probably reversed by 2010, according to the report. The US economy, tougher border enforcement, deportations, and the declining Mexican birth rate are cited as reasons for the change, which analysts believe could be permanent. Many of those returning to Mexico took their entire families, including around 100,000 US-born children.

The Mexican-born population in the US, which had been increasing since 1970 in the biggest wave of immigration America has ever seen, peaked at 12.6 million in 2007 and has dropped to 12 million since, as immigrants, most of them illegal, return home, according to the report. "I think the massive boom in Mexican immigration is over and I don’t think it will ever return to the numbers we saw in the 1990s and 2000s," the co-director of the Mexican Migration Project research group tells the Washington Post. Experts compare the drop in immigration from Mexico to the falls in immigration from Ireland and Germany seen in the past.

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Apr 24, 2012 12:23 PM CDT
It would be easy to get rid of all them stinkin' beaners; just stop eating.
Apr 24, 2012 11:48 AM CDT
stay home join drug cartel make money why not! better than picking stuff!
Apr 24, 2012 11:11 AM CDT
Living off of less than the legal minimum US wage. Working extended hours, in extreme environments. Housed in shacks/dumps with multiple families in one unit. Surviving off of free welfare, free healthcare, and a free education for their children provided by the taxes of American workers. And yet, many Americans continue to fight for the right of these people to illegally enter our country and live/work under these conditions. Why would they want to stay here and live under these conditions - many just surviving. How can we continue to condone this inhumane treatment of workers (whether illegal immigrants or not)? We need to clamp down on these employers and ensure "legal" employment practices are maintained for whomever is working for them.