Thursday, September 2, 2010
A new study from the Pew Hispanic Center found that the number of illegal immigrants in the United States dropped significantly for the first time in two decades — but the population out of Mexico has held steady since reaching its peak in 2007.
Though the study could show up as ammunition in the debate over anti-illegal immigration laws in Arizona and elsewhere, the data does not show that unauthorized residents are fleeing back to Mexico. Fewer illegal immigrants from Mexico are coming to the United States, but those here are generally staying put — apparently unfazed by the economic downturn, hostile climate and federal enforcement.
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The data shows “no evidence of a recent increase in the number of Mexican-born migrants returning home from the U.S.,” the study said.
The bulk of the dropoff comes from those immigrants out of other Latin American countries, in South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
This article was posted: Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 9:42 am