Change: For the first time since Depression, more Mexicans leave U.S. than enter

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!


3 Responses

  1. […] RECOVERY IN HISTORY. Secular Apostate notes the basis for this fiscal washout — uncertainty. In fact, it is so bad, the illegal aliens are leaving for better economic opportunities. Furthermore, the failures permeate downward: WC Varones shows that even a massive FDA/Agriculture […]

  2. To me this says what I have been saying all along, most illegal immigrants don’t come here to live off our welfare system. They are trying to improve their lives. Being poor in this country is still quite well off in many parts of Mexico and South America.

    Many of our problems with illegal immigration will be solved with worker visa’s and tighter controls on employers.

    Too many demonize the people who are coming here illegally instead of putting the blame where it rightfully belongs, on the outdated visa system that isn’t taking into account the needs of today’s workforce.

  3. Words fail, PJ. Words just fail.

    If the GOP can’t win in this environment, it’s time to fold up the tent and bring back the Whigs.

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