According to a new study by the Pew Center:
Looking back over the entire span of U.S. history, no country has ever sent as many immigrants to this country as Mexico has in the past four decades.
The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill. After four decades that brought 12 million current immigrants—more than half of whom came illegally—the net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped—and may have reversed, according to a new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center…
They attribute this to a veritable buffet of possible reasons, here in list form:
the weakened U.S. job and housing construction markets,
heightened border enforcement,
a rise in deportations,
the growing dangers associated with illegal border crossings, [mod: can you say CARTELS?]
the long-term decline in Mexico’s birth rates [!] and
changing economic conditions in Mexico.
So – looking at their explanations, it comes to two things: we are making it tougher for them over here, and Mexico is making it easier to decide to stay there. Though I’m not sure just what the declining Mexican birth rates is about – unless it reflects the often-mentioned rises in prosperity being accompanied by lower birth rates.
Since numbers are visceral….
In the five-year period from 2005 to 2010, about 1.4 million Mexicans immigrated to the United States and about 1.4 million Mexican immigrants and their U.S.-born children moved from the United States to Mexico.
Zero-sum – nice! Also..
In 2010, nearly 400,000 unauthorized immigrants—73% of them Mexicans—were deported by U.S. authorities.
So, we apparently have been busier than the liberals would like…. boo-yah! Now, if we can only keep up the good work on our end…. : )