Study: More Mexicans Leaving US Than Entering
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A study from the Pew Hispanic Center reports 1.4 million Mexicans entered the U.S. from 2005 to 2010.


(Image source: Austin American-Statesman ) BY ZACH TOOMBS The immigration boom that brought 12 million Mexicans to the United States since 1970 has subsided — and even reversed. MSNBC reports this signals the end of the largest continuous migration from a single country in U.S. history. More Mexicans are leaving the United States than entering for the first time since the Great Depression. Nearly 1.4 million Mexicans moved from the U.S. back to Mexico between 2005 and 2010. And 1.37 million Mexicans migrated into the U.S. during that five year time frame. A net decrease of 30-thousand migrants to the U.S. The figures come from a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center which cites a number of factors, including: ... the weakened U.S. job and housing construction markets, heightened border enforcement, a rise in deportations, the growing dangers associated with illegal border crossings, the long-term decline in Mexico’s birth rates and changing economic conditions in Mexico. TIME magazine reports President Barack Obama’s administration has led a crackdown on illegal immigration. In 2010, the U.S. deported about 400,000 unauthorized immigrants — 73 percent of them Mexicans. TIME writes: ... the efforts have had results. In 2005, according to the report, more than 1 million (immigrants) tried to cross the border illegally. By 2011, that number dropped to 286,000. Advocates for tougher immigration laws are citing the new figures as a sign of success but also point to the sluggish U.S. economy. A spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform told the Los Angeles Times : If you dry up the job magnet because of the bad economy or increased work-site enforcement, you reduce illegal immigration ... The fact remains there s still 7 million illegal aliens occupying jobs that should go to American citizens ... It s nowhere near mission accomplished. And The Washington Post looks at the political ramifications of the reversed immigration trend, writing: The trend could have major political consequences (as) the Republican and Democratic parties struggle with immigration policies and court the increasingly important Latino vote. Illegal immigration has emerged as one of the most emotional political issues in the country — one that dominated much of the Republican presidential contest and has proven complicated for President Obama.