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For Mexicans Looking North, a New Calculus Favors Home – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com

For Mexicans Looking North, a New Calculus Favors Home – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com. 

The extraordinary Mexican migration that delivered millions of illegal immigrants to the United States over the past 30 years has sputtered to a trickle, and research points to a surprising cause: unheralded changes in Mexico that have made staying home more attractive.

NeilS – The above article is pretty long but full of some fascinating information for anyone interested in issues regarding Mexican immigration to the United States.  I was certainly under the impression, given the political tension over this debate recently, that immigration patterns form Mexico to the United States were the same as they have always been.

Apparently, right when a load of cash is being put towards building up border defenses, the border is being crossed less than ever!  Now you may say that is because of the border defense, but according to this article there are many social and economic factors that are leading to a lower level of immigration.  Some of the things touched upon in the article include better opportunities in Mexico, tougher times finding a job in the U.S. and the new hard-line policies in many U.S. border states.

There is a great NPR Podcast here hosted by Diane Rehm.  Certainly worth a listen if you have the time and are interested in the topic.  Some of the most interesting commentary revolves around the fact that the drug cartels that cause so much violence in Mexico do NOT in any way want to let any of that violence spill into the United States because they don’t want U.S. governmental agencies on their butts.

 

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