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Report: Net Mexican Migration To The U.S. Falls To Zero


Aired 4/24/12

A Pew Hispanic Center Study found that during a five-year period, just as many Mexican immigrants returned to Mexico as arrived in the U.S.


Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero -- and Perhaps Less

Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero -- and Perhaps Less

This report analyzes the magnitude and trend of migration flows between Mexico and the United States; the experiences and intentions of Mexican immigrants repatriated by U.S. immigration authorities; U.S. immigration enforcement patterns; conditions in Mexico and the U.S. that could affect immigration; and characteristics of Mexican-born immigrants in the U.S.

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A new Pew Hispanic Center study finds that net migration to the U.S. from Mexico declined to zero between 2005 and 2010.

About 1.4 million Mexican immigrants arrived in the U.S during that time. But just as many Mexicans returned to Mexico -- possibly more, the study found.

Researchers at the center analyzed data from multiple Mexican and U.S. government sources, including their censuses.

Their findings suggest a stark reversal from the five years between 1995 and 2000, when, according to the researchers, 3 million Mexicans immigrated to the U.S., but fewer than 700,000 went back.

“The U.S. economy, enforcement, and changes in Mexico economically and demographically,” said Jeffrey Passel, one of the study’s authors. “They’re all working toward lower flows of people coming to the U.S.”

He said the lack of U.S. jobs, the deportation of unauthorized immigrants by the U.S. government and lower fertility rates in Mexico all appear to claim partial responsibility for the shift.

And he said researchers found not only individual Mexicans returning, but also entire families, many with U.S.-born children.

The data suggest the end of a decades-long surge in immigration to the U.S. from Mexico dating to the 1970s.

“There’s no relationship between two countries in terms of movement of people anywhere in the world like there is between Mexico and the United States,” said Paul Taylor, the Pew Hispanic Center’s director.

During a conference call Monday, the study’s authors said there has been a net positive flow of Mexicans into the U.S. dating back at least to the 1930s.

“This is a historic wave which at least over a five year period has appeared to come to a standstill, “ Taylor said. “And given how important immigration is and will continue to be to our country, that alone seems to be quite significant.”

The study also found a decline in the population of undocumented Mexican immigrants living in the U.S., the first significant decrease in two decades. It found that there are 6.1 million unauthorized Mexicans living in the country in 2011, compared to 7 million four years earlier.

But the researchers emphasized that the data by no means suggests a decline in the U.S. Latino population. In an earlier analysis this year, they found that for the first time, U.S.-born Latinos have become a greater driver in the country’s Latino population than new immigrants.

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Dothscribble | April 24, 2012 at 2:04 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Have those incarcerated been pardoned? Nifty.

US Residency permits are the answer. No-one is singled out because everyone must prove legal right to obtain one and which must be renewed.

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Brittanicus | April 24, 2012 at 3:57 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

The illegal immigration Armageddon
Not that American citizens’ have any faith in what the U.S. government tells us, as I prefer to listen to people who live along the border fence. WASHINGTON D.C. TELLS US WHAT THE PUBLIC WANT TO HEAR? The populace has been lied to so much by those in power now, and even the GOP, that nothing that comes out of either of their mouths is at all trustworthy? Just look at the ‘Solyndra’ and gun running scandal and the unaccountable dollars spent for leisure by General Service’s administration. Personally I don’t trust any of them, therefore telling us the numbers of illegal aliens entry numbers are way down, can be taken with a pinch of salt? Many foreign nationals may have left, but what about the estimated 20 million plus, still squatting here. Are we not still paying for their ‘Foothold’ baby—that’s not peanuts? Taxpayers are nothing more than ‘beasts of burden’ for the rest of the world, who are continuously asked to give more..?

This Wednesday the U.S. High Court will hear Arizona vs. United States and its resistance to the incredible harassment of its policing statutes by the Department of Justice. SCOTUS will either, uphold S.B 1070 for this small defenseless border state, whose deficit was a monstrous 2.7 Billion dollars in 2009 or fall fail to the incompetent DOJ. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer said on Tuesday if the Supreme Court upholds Arizona's law, he will introduce legislation that prevents state and local authorities from enforcing their own immigration regulations. This would be the perfect storm to eject all the Democratic Senators, and their thrall of hard core Liberals out of Washington. These are the reasons that illegal immigration is thriving to not only accumulate illegal votes in November, but the $113 billion dollars extorted from our taxes for illegal alien welfare annually.

Neither this administration or its predecessors have secured the border fence. Both political parties have failed miserably to protect this country from the illegal alien occupation. Additionally the American voter must drive, track and use the severe pressure of their vote to verbally intimidate every Republican, Democrat and Liberal, informing them that they will unseat them. It is imperative that whatever the outcome of the Arizona court conflict, is to force passage of E-Verify. E-Verify mandated law would authenticate whether somebody can get employment or not? Other persons flagged will have the choice of clearing up their problem with the Social Security administration near them?

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Brittanicus | April 24, 2012 at 3:58 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Voters must demand from GOP John Boehner, to stop blocking the bipartisan E-Verify “THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” from being introduced in Congress by Texas Senator Lamar Smith. Taxpayers are continuously suffering at the hands of corrupt politicians who have sold us into financial slavery by allowing illegal immigration to persist almost unopposed in coming here. A second law to support The Legal Workforce Act H.R. 2885 is to amend the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 (H.R.140); the country cannot maintain in subsidizing billions of dollars being extracted from the 50 states? Not just the bad politicians should be thrown out of office, but state Governors, Mayors, Judges and all elected officials, and substitute them with Fresh Tea Party leaders who will insure everybody gets their fair share of the American Dream and enforce all laws attributed to the Constitution and the Rule of Law.

The consequences of pregnant females smuggled across our border, who fly in just to take advantage of the U.S. unfunded mandates laws for hospital delivery. Don’t know who to call in Washington, and then phone 202-224-3121? The switchboard will connect you with your Representative aid? Every prospective contender would be well advised to read the immigration sullen statistics advanced by “The Heritage Foundation”. According to American Federation of Immigration Reform (FAIR) there is a 2.5 Trillion dollars price tag to legitimize the 20 million plus Illegal’s who have

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Brittanicus | April 24, 2012 at 3:58 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

settled here? All patriotic Americans should locate your local TEA PARTY chapter. The Tea Party is the people’s party and it welcomes every citizen and lawful resident who came to America legally. On the American Patrol website, covers the illegal alien issue, but a daily helping of the e-media from the National media, revealing everything that is against “the Rule of law’ and the sovereignty of this nation, constantly broken by Obama people.

Readers should type in any keyword that you desire, such as ID theft, Voter fraud, illegal alien welfare costs, Chain Migration, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Amnesty, Sanctuary City, Birthright Citizenship, to name just a few things in Google or Yahoo and you will be physically sick of the cover-ups the Left and Democrats keep out of the public eye.

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