The border isn’t any stronger, folks. So what does this really mean? Oh: our economy is that bad. What an accomplishment! From the clueless WaPo:
According to the report, the Mexican-born population, which had been increasing since 1970, peaked at 12.6 million in 2007 and has dropped to 12 million since then.
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
There are no jobs to be had.
How’s this factoid:
One in 10 people born in Mexico live in the United States, and more than half entered illegally.
Or this one:
Although most Mexican deportees say they will try to return, their numbers are shrinking, too, the study said: According to a Mexican government survey, 20 percent of deportees in 2010 said they would not return to the United States, compared with 7 percent in 2005.
Half of those returning to Mexico took their entire families, including more than 100,000 U.S.-born children of Mexican immigrants.
Maybe the 20% grew tired of the over-regulation, too. Don’t blame ‘em.
New Obama ’12 slogan: We didn’t mean to change that!