According to the Mexican government, the number of people leaving Mexico for the United States is about the same as the number of people returning to Mexico from the United States. The poor United States job market is believed to be a reason fewer Mexicans are crossing the border.
Fox News reported the findings today, but pointed out that it is not clear exactly how close the Mexican government tracks illegal and legal immigration into the U.S., so the information could lack accuracy.
But statistics from the Department of Homeland Security support the theory. The agency reported that arrests of undocumented immigrants from Mexico have fallen vastly over the past decade.
In 2000, the DHS reported 1.6 million arrests of undocumented immigrants from Mexico, but by 2010, the number fell to 400,000. This year, the number fell again to about 300,000.
Experts say that the decline in jobs available in the United States and high unemployment rate have likely persuaded many against making the dangerous trek across the border.
Still, Mexicans who are here both legally and illegally continue to represent a large population of immigrants in the United States.
A study by the Congressional Budget Office released earlier this year found that about 26 percent of legal permanent residents in this country are from Mexico. There are more legal permanent residents from Mexico than any other country.
Additionally, the study found that 62 percent, or 11 million, of all undocumented immigrants living in the United States are from Mexico.
Of course, there are still many families who depend on immigrating to the United States to reunite or stay together.
An experienced immigration attorney can help to figure out the best way to reunite families or loved ones and to start on the path to citizenship.
Source: Fox News, "Immigration to U.S. From Mexico in Decline Amid Bleak Economy," Nov. 15, 2011.