Even though immigration is currently one of the most pressing political issues in the United States, you may be surprised to learn that the number of immigrants entering the country from Mexico is actually dwindling, according to a recent study.
The study, which was released last month by the Pew Hispanic Center, revealed that the number of undocumented Mexican immigrants living in the United States has decreased for the first time in decades. Several factors are believed to have influenced the decline.
"The standstill appears to result from the weakened U.S. job market, heightened border enforcement, a rise in deportations, the growing dangers associated with illegal border crossings, and changing economic and demographic conditions in Mexico," the Pew Center concluded in a statement.
According to the study, there were approximately 6.1 million undocumented immigrants from Mexico in the United States in 2011, which was a significant drop from nearly 7 million in 2007. Reportedly, only the Great Depression of the 1930s led to a comparable drop in immigration from Mexico.
Overall, the population of both illegal and illegal Mexican-born people in the United States fell from a peak of 12.6 million in 2007 to 12 million last year. This was the first year the population of Mexican-born people declined since the 1970s.
The Pew Center's study also showed that the deportation rates of Mexican immigrants who have been in the United States for a longer length of time are now higher than they have been in the past. For example, 27 percent of immigrants who were sent back to Mexico had been in the United States for a year or more. This was up from 6 percent in 2005.
Undoubtedly, the United States is still an ideal place to come to work, live and raise a family. The key is to make your way through the immigration process with the help of an experienced immigration attorney, who can help guide you to residency or citizenship.
Source: MSNBC, "Mexican immigration to U.S. at a standstill, report says," April 23, 2012