More Illegal Immigrants Leaving US than Entering, First Time Since Depression

For the first time in four decades illegal immigration into the United States had declined. Some experts are saying that lower birthrates and other factors could leave make this a permanent trend. “’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,’ said Douglas Massey, a professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and co-director of the Mexican Migration Project, which has been gathering data on the subject for 30 years.” Close to 1.4 million Mexicans left the US between 2005 and 2010, while the number of illegal immigrants coming to America dropped during that same period. It is believed that this could change the political game between both Democratic and Republican parties. “The reversal appears to be a result of tightened border controls, a weak U.S. job and housing construction market, a rise in deportations and a decline in Mexican birthrates, said the study, which used U.S. and Mexican census figures and Mexican government surveys. Arrests of illegal immigrants trying to enter the United States have also dropped precipitously in recent years.”

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