Study: Mexican immigration to United States slows to standstill
A Pew Hispanic Center study says the number of immigrants coming from Mexico to the United States has steeply declined.
April 23rd, 2012
04:18 PM ET

Study: Mexican immigration to United States slows to standstill

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Net Mexican immigration to the United States has slowed to a standstill, according to a report released Monday.

The number of immigrants coming from Mexico to the United States has steeply declined while the number of Mexicans leaving the United States has increased sharply, the Pew Hispanic Center said.

"These developments represent a notable reversal of the historic pattern of Mexican immigration to the U.S., which has risen dramatically over the past four decades," the center's report says.

Many factors are probably behind the trend, the report said, including rising deportations, greater enforcement at the border, growing dangers associated with border crossings, the weakened U.S. job market and a long-term decline in Mexico's birth rates.

The 1.37 million Mexican immigrants who came to the United States between 2005 and 2010 was about half the number who immigrated during previous five-year periods, according to the analysis, which was based on national population surveys in the United States and Mexico.

Meanwhile, from 2005 to 2010, 1.39 million Mexicans and their families left the U.S. to return to Mexico, the report says. That's more than double the number of people who did it during a five-year period the decade before, the report says.

The report also notes, citing figures from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, that the number of Mexicans apprehended trying to cross the border illegally has plummeted in recent years, from more than 1 million in 2005 to 286,000 in 2011.

While analysts said for years that immigration from Mexico to the United States was dwindling, the Pew report says 2010 Mexican census data offer some of the first "hard evidence that flows back to Mexico had grown over the same period."

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  1. Frank

    Ed, sometimes the facts do not line up with your prejudices. But then again, this probably happens to you a lot!

    April 24, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jon from MA

    Also, Obama's administration has done more to curb illegal immigration in two years than George "Amnesty" Bush did in 8. Probably because the latter just LOVES third world slave labor.

    Which, by the way, I agree with amnesty, if for no other reason than to deprive the corporo-fascists of their third world sub-minimum-wage labor pool.

    April 24, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. LukeVentura

    Estimated 7 million non-agricultural jobs are held by illegal aliens. (with stolen, or fake ID)
    Jobs that could and should go to Americans. Push your state rep to make a change .
    Google this: NUMBERSUSA .Once you are registered, go to the "action board" to
    send free faxes to your state representative .
    They are all typed up and ready to go, you just need to click your mouse to send.
    No more illegal aliens in payroll jobs !

    April 24, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • D

      They are unwilling to do it at that wage because after taxes they wouldn't have enough to live on. Illegal immigrants not paying taxes on the under the table money they get makes it easier for them to live. Also coming from Mexico to the US is instantly an upgrade, no more threat of getting decapitated by a drug cartel.

      April 24, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Life is great!

      Americans, if you want the jobs go apply for them! no need to submit letters and wait for someone else to make the change. you want the job fill out the application instead.

      April 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mr. N

    Wait, let me get this straight: Illegal immigrants are being criticized on this board for leaving, just as they have been for coming? And many of these people criticizing still have the gall to say they're not racists? Well, if there was any doubt, here's the proof!

    Funny how, in the end, economics work. This illegal immigration issue has been, from the get-go, about economics: The economics of a rich first world nation addicted to cheap labor, and an ample supply of it just to the south. Anyone making it about anything more than that has an axe to grind, and judging by many of the comments here, that axe is being ground through bigotry.

    April 24, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Tactile cacti

      Well played, strangely focused hr person....

      April 24, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • szerin

      Apparently, you have time in your busy day to surf the web and police others. Please get a dictionary and look up the word hypocrite, or perhaps Google it, since you clearly spend your time surfing the web.

      – Retired

      April 24, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. dantealexander

    I think we should exchange lazy white people with mexico for hard working hispanics

    April 24, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Dante:I think we should trade people like you for inelligent individuals from anywhere else on this earth.

      April 24, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Wish It Were So

      Here, Here, Dante!! But then over three quarters of the U.S. population would be leaving! Foregone conclusion.

      April 24, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • alex


      April 24, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jon from MA

    Yeah, because Pew has a lot to gain by "making Obama looking good". Another "aw shucks" Southern hee-haw inbred tea bagger demonstrates his lack of intelligence yet again.

    April 24, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    Absolutely, AZ doesn't need all those lawn care workers and nannies. Plenty of Americans willing to work for 2 bucks an hour.

    April 24, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You’re right Tom, heaven forbid employers pay a legal wage or people mow their own lawns and watch their own kids.


      April 24, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. yellow rose

    I dont mind anyone coming to the US – that is what we are all about – But when you come bring something that will be a benefit to America – not a burden on Taxpayers –
    I dont want to pay for your babies – you dont practice birth control so you are spilling over to our borders and shame on our Politicians for supporting this MORE VOTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Learn the Language do you think if I went to Mexico they would support me !!
    I have to say Im sick and tired of the free handouts and it is only getting worse when they say there are X amount of Illegals in the US get out a calculator and multiply that by 5 and that is your true number. Go to Mexico and see for yourself it is over populated and they are spilling over to the US. Most are uneducated as well, so the poor US taxpayer has to pay for it.

    April 24, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. MexicanBeGone

    This means the HISPANIC vote means little then.

    April 24, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. bannister

    Don't trust any information from the Pew HIspanic Research Center. They have an agenda.


    April 24, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. sam

    Remember that REPs want to expand GREEN CARDS and allow more SMART people into this country from other countries. Both parties are stupid!

    April 24, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Todd

    The largest wave of immigration to the U.S. since the early 1900s coincided with our lowest national unemployment rate and fastest economic growth. Immigrants create new jobs by forming new businesses, buying homes, spending their incomes on American goods and services, paying taxes and raising the productivity of U.S. businesses.¹ In fact, between 1990 and 2004, roughly 9 out of 10 native-born workers with at least a high school diploma experienced wage gains because of increased immigration.²

    A legal flow of immigrants based on workforce demand strengthens the U.S. economy by keeping productivity high and countering negative impacts as the U.S. aging population swells. Of the twenty occupations that will see the largest growth in the next seven years, twelve of them only require on-the-job-training–including jobs in SEIU's core industries like home care, cleaning/janitorial services, child care, and hospitality services.³ But as native-born workers seek higher education and move up the occupational ladder, the number of native-born workers seeking employment in these industries has shrunk.

    April 24, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • dogmandg

      I have no problem with immigration. That's what has made this country strong, and continues to do so.

      But these people aren't immigrants. Most of them don't plan to stay. They plan to come here and work illegally, then return home relatively rich, buy a house, and prosper.

      April 24, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. sam

    Well. at least CNN is covering the great news. I dont know why CNN calls them immigrates, they are illegal.
    And not all Dems think illegal peoples are graet for this country...UNLESS YOUR WEALTHY.

    April 24, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • sam

      To early for good spelling!!

      April 24, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • not starwars

      yeah, and if mit rommney is elected president, we all will be seeing a major rise in mexican illegals, look at facts mit rommeny has hispanic

      April 24, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Alyssa

      Webster's definition of immigrant: a person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence.

      Legal status is irrelevant.

      April 24, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

        Alyssa it’s not immigration if it’s illegal. It’s trespassing.

        April 24, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • dogmandg

      I agree. Immigrants are people who come legally, and plan to stay. These people come here illegally, and most of them plan to go back home after a few years. So calling them immigrants is not right. They’re illegal workers, nothing more.

      And for the minority that plan to stay, we’ve set a terrible precedent. They come here illegally to work, don’t pay taxes, use our roads, hospitals, schools, etc. We’ve shown them that in America, the rule of law is a farce. So what happens when these people or their children become citizens?

      April 24, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Frank

        Dogman, most of them in fact pay taxes-$ 9 Billion into Social Security alone in 2005 (the last year we have accurate records). They also pay sales taxes just like you. And any withholding because of IRS-issued IDs never gets claimed. Look this up-facts are important.

        April 24, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

        @ Frank
        You are exaggerating to say the least. It’s widely acknowledged there is no way to accurately account for taxes paid by ILLEGALs. You also left out the epidemic of stolen SS numbers to collect benefits. No to mention that you don’t pay federal income tax, state tax, Medicare or SS if you are working under the table.. Facts are indeed important.

        April 24, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. tv22

    So people are "self-deporting" and returning to Mexico? Who would have thought of that?

    April 24, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      Yes, Mitt Romney was correct – self deportation WORKS! Just increases the laws (as Arizona has done) and decrease the incentives and they will eventually go back of their own accord without any drama or violence.

      Self-Deportation works

      April 24, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
      • Alyssa

        And in the process harms American agriculture.

        April 24, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

        @ Alyssa

        American agriculture will adapt or die. We call it capitalism. Heaven forbid employers pay a legal wage.. right? Moron.

        April 24, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Lohocla

      The guy who created it as a joke against GOP immigration policies about 2 years ago.

      April 24, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
      • bannister

        Lohocla – actually the concept of "self-deportation through attrition" has been around for quite a few years. And it works.

        April 24, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Andy Smith

      Well, if you're going to say self-deportation works, you also have to give Obama credit for securing the border too, as the article says, right?

      April 24, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

        Sure, but if you are going to give him credit you have to give credit to everyone involved. Local governments and volunteers have done a great deal more than the Feds have.

        April 24, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • mfx3

      I credit Obama with this great news.

      April 24, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • dogmandg

      Most of them never planned to stay to begin with. Their plan is to come here and work illegally for a few years, then return home relatively rich, buy a house, and prosper. So Mexican's leaving for home doesn’t surprise me at all.

      What surprises me is that there are much fewer coming in, so that it balances out.

      April 24, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ron Hall

    The Mexicans all work at Whirlpool now in Mexico. Good Job Whirlpool.

    April 24, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  16. Dave Bradshaw

    Included in the number of 'Mexicans' leaving the US are children who were born in the US and then taken to Mexico. So if two enter US and have 4 children in the US, then return to Mexico, that would be 6 emigrating back to Mexico. In this context these net migration figures are not about the people who migrated into the US from Mexico and then returned.

    April 24, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  17. PTBarnumboy

    Everyone who believes this please call me. I've got a super deal on a bridge for sale in Brooklyn.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • rla

      Agreed- Anyone who came after th3 84 amnesty needs to go. Democrats and republicans made a deal with the American people and they have not held up their end of the bargan! This is not crual or racist just asking our elected officials to do what they agreed to and the suffering that will occur is on their heads- I am not feeling tthe least bit guilty but these pols who worked this for votes should be ashamed!

      April 24, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • inachu

      Don't you dare touch the bridge my great great great great grandfather built! I'll sue you to the ends of the earth!

      April 24, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  18. Yuuup

    Seems like they're all already here. The U.S. has become a third world favella.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  19. S.D.

    There are none left in Mexico They are all here.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  20. scranton

    I believe CNN is being politically correct using the term "immigration" instead of "illegal immigration".

    April 24, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • rla

      What part of LAW don't you understand????

      April 24, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Donna

        LOL All of it.

        April 24, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  21. fastnoc

    FINALLY somne good news from immigration. This made my day.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  22. Q

    The Hispanic Pew Research Center has an agenda. Do not be fooled. They have an interest in gaining sympathy for illegals, minimizing the problem, etc.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • William

      Much like the Racial Grievance Industry for blacks, its a way to make money, have influence and buy votes.
      Citizen is a dirty word in todays political climate.

      April 24, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • ChiefGunner

      This is about taking illeagal immigration off the table for the coming election. Just like fudging the the unemployment numbers and the constant drum beat that the economy is improving. All smoke and mirrors.

      April 24, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Mark


        April 24, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
      • OnlyOne

        Yeah, about that drumbeat. All those confident Wall Street investment bankers buying up stock and sending the Dow skyrocketing – they all don't know nuthin' compared to you.

        April 24, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Well said. Sounds more like a propaganda story more than fact.

      April 24, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mtheumer

      So where's your proof? You say they are biased, other than a Hispanic affiliation, what have you got?

      April 24, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Alyssa

        This is dogma. No proof required!

        April 24, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  23. Q

    So what, there are millions here that need to be deported! And, if they are illegal who knows how many are here. This story is b.s. and propaganda.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
    • flickerman

      Agree good news is hard to take. We have to discredit it. Otherwise somehow Obama might get credit.

      April 24, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • My Esoteric

      The HARD fact that intercepting illegals at the border has dropped from 1 million per year to a little over 250,000, a 75% decrease, puts meat behind the poll results and makes Q's comments a little ... hyberbolic. Either ever increasing surviellance is doing a poorer and poorer job every year, to the point of being ineffective compared to their earlier ability to catch illegals, or the Pew resulsts are borne out.

      April 24, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  24. angel611

    "Meanwhile illegal immigration is up 1000%....."

    April 24, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • William

      Illegals have started to go back. The first time since the Great Depression.(Not this Depression).

      April 24, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  25. angel611

    Sure, why go the legal route, when they can do it illegal and make a lot more money and pay no taxes?
    Stupid story.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • William

      Just you try and not pay your taxes. The extra IRS agents recently hired with their new weapons will be at your doorstep. But wait, i thought only the "1%'ers" didnt pay taxes.

      April 24, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Alyssa

        I don't think you'll find anyone who says that most of the 1%ers don't pay taxes. The issue is whether they pay ENOUGH taxes.

        April 24, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  26. Josh

    "The number of immigrants coming from Mexico to the United States has steeply declined while the number of Mexicans leaving the United States has increased sharply"

    That's one sure sign that the United States itself is in a steep decline, when Mexicans feel that Mexico is their better choice.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • William

      Exactly. And Communist China is a better place to do business.
      Watch out, those Tea Party grannies might hang you from a tree.

      April 24, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      A large part of why the U.S. is in decline is because of said illegal’s.

      April 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  27. ed

    Another victory for Obama. This President is so smart, he has made all the right moves.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Someone is living in fantasy land Ed, wake up.

      April 24, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
      • William

        I think he was being "tongue in cheek."

        April 24, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • SCOTT

      Oh, Ok thanks William

      April 24, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  28. ed

    Not even close.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  29. opinionguru

    ...The only better news would be, "Lberals exit the US for Canada ...feel more accepted for being wierd ...warm fuzzies...warm fuzzies".

    April 24, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • mark

      it is not so great in canada there are major problems here .taht are not seen by the people

      April 24, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
      • dcamjones

        If they aren't seen by people how do you know?

        April 24, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • flickerman

      Agree Canada best for liberals. The tea party toads and the neocon nerds have destroyed the USA with the populace asleep at the switch.

      April 24, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      As an independent (i.e. outside perspective) conservatives and fundies are by far the weirdest. But from your perspective ‘god’ killing our soldiers because we don’t lynch the gays makes complete since…right?

      April 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Scott

    Finally, all these states laws that have been passed, without help from the Federal Goverment are working. Just shows you what states can do without the Goverment. Hats off to all states that have tough immgration policies. Special mention to Arizona and Alabama.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • sh9350a

      Actually... the articles states the declining immigration trend for the period of 2005-2010, before states started passing Arizona-style legislation... nice try though.

      April 24, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
      • sh9350a

        No one cares.

        April 24, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
      • SCOTT

        you are right, I stand corrected, hopefully this new states laws will help keep it like this

        April 24, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
      • JustThinking

        Well, if the trend of immigrants out of the US started in 2005, doesn't that mean that GW Bush should be getting the credit for this? Just wondering, if we are going to put all of the blame for everything that has happened economically at his feet, why don't we also give him the good things too?

        April 24, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
      • sh9350a

        Since it is the states that are passing strict immigration laws, not the federal government, I would expect illegal immigration to slow or stop in states with harsh laws and grow in states with lax laws... if the decline in immigration was indeed due to more strict regulation. Therefore, I think this trend says more about economic/social conditions in Mexico than it does about whats going on in the United States.

        April 24, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
      • sh9350a

        So no, I don't think GW Bush gets much credit.

        April 24, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      States are not separate from the ‘government’…. They are also the government.

      Were it is true the trend started in 2005 the numbers didn’t reach anything relevant until recently. So you can make the argument the new state laws have had the desired effect… as well as the economical concerns.

      April 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  31. JB

    The rate had to slow, they are all already here.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  32. Bubye...

    Don't let the door...

    April 24, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  33. idb

    True, unfortunately the story is about illegals, who are not immigrants but merely common criminals.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  34. Jeffery da' Man

    Geeze, come to D.C. and you would never think Latinos were in a exodus. Every Latino I witness on the sidewalk over the age of 12 is pushing at least one baby stroller or encircled by 3-6 bambinos !

    April 24, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Ralph M

      Almost true....more like 1 or 2. they know the do gooders will whine for them to stay if they squirt out kids here.
      More and more of them are finding out that the US has been bled dry. Hopefully more will leave.

      April 24, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I have to agree with Jeffy, at least in my area. The local bambinos like to use the neighbor’s cars as jungle gyms. Maybe they’ve been listing to Faux News and are afraid Obama will force them to use birth control.

      April 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Really

    They may not be having as many babies in Mexico, but I live in California. I can tell you the illegals are having plenty of kids over here. End of story.

    April 24, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Kudu

      Yes, and we, the U.S. Citizen are paying for everyone of those babies

      April 24, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  36. pamik

    While I hate illegal immigration as much as most I do recognize that the "illegals" do a lot of work in this country that no white Ango Saxon would ever think of lowering himself to do. These people work in our fields planting crops in 100 degree heat for little wages but they are just happy for the job. They get filthy doing landscaping and backbreaking work and are still happy just for a job. They work in factories that we wouldn't step foot in. We Americans have become so used to living in the technology age that if we had to get back out and do that type of work, we'd die. Or, we'd form a union and complain we weren't making enough money. I agree that illegals are a burden on our hospitals, schools, etc. but the term "taking jobs from Americans" isn't true because they're doing jobs no one in this country wants to do anymore. Before you chastise me for my thoughts, look around. You can probably pick someone out today doing a job you wouldn't think of doing yourself.

    April 24, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Crock

      I own a lawn care business and don't hire illegals. I have to compete with those who do hire illegals. What does that say about your statement that white people don't want the work? Of course they do!

      April 24, 2012 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
    • tafugate

      30 years ago, there was a tremendous itinerant american workforce, more than willing to perform all the 'jobs americans won't do'. and though we still didn't make minimum wage, farmers found they could hire illegal immigrants for less than we were being paid. then corporations discovered they could sponsor illegal immigrants for slave wages. eventually, the american itinerant farm worker found other things to do. so whatever naive notion you have about illegal immigrants performing work americans won't, read a book or something, and bring yourself up to the 21st century about what actually happened.

      April 24, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Redhawk

      Hardly, I would love for them not to be doing the construction work that I do. They do not play by the same rules and charge way less than a legal company can charge. Too bad the people that hire them do not realize that they are hurting legal Americans that are trying to work within the same system. I say bundle up all the illegals and ship them back to wherever they came from. That would be a great start in leveling the playing field. I also know masons and landscapers in the same boat. All Americans are not lazy and unwilling to do hard physical labor. We do not want to do it for $7/hour though!

      April 24, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
      • StormFront

        You chose the career field buddy, so live with the pay rate. If you do not like laying brick for 7/hr then go hit up McDonalds and lay burgers on the grill... Oh wait, you could get a cert. or degree and make more money but that would take effort and drive.

        April 24, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Pam you missed the point. It would force fair wages from employers. Of course an illegal immigrant is happy with crappy wages. Anything is probably better than what their own country pays them.

      April 24, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  37. Grey

    This is the legal immigration, the only number the government has reasonable stats for.

    April 24, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  38. Mathijs Koenraadt

    Simple explanation: the Mexicans already in the US spawn so many new births that immigrants are no longer required.
    It is hilarious, isn't it.

    April 24, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Mtheumer

      Hilarious it it were true

      April 24, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Mtheumer

        "If" that is

        April 24, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  39. rojopa

    Is this article talking about illegal immigration or legal immigration? If it's talking about illegals crossing over all I have to say is that it's about time.

    April 24, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  40. hamsta

    What else would you expect after obama turns america into a third world nation?

    April 24, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Yeah, it couldn't be because he put twice as many border guards than bush in the field

      April 24, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Scott

        It is not Obama Administration that can take credit, they are fighting to let illegals in. (All the law suits against states that are toughing immigration laws.) Give credit to the States

        April 24, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • longtooth

      If Obama cures cancer you'll say he put hospital workers out of a job.

      April 24, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Fool

      Hamsta your an ignorant fool. Obama didn't turn America into a third world country. The problems started back during Clinton's time in office. Although Obama and the "Do nothing" congress haven't really helped matters. This economic blow up has been a long time coming. So many Americans have been living out of their mean for so long something had to give. It's just the short end of the straw that it happened at the end of Bush's term and the begining of Obama's.

      April 24, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Fool

        you're that is.

        April 24, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  41. Aissedei

    The people of Mexico wouldn't speak Spanish and the country wouldn't exist as you know it today if the "White" people from Spain, who typically still run the place, hadn't come over and formed a cohesive country from the various Native groups...

    April 24, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  42. sean

    tc , really????? i mean really????

    April 24, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  43. Free Man in the Republic of Texas


    Mexican immigration to United States slows to standstill
    Gee... Just in time for the re-election campaign !!!

    What... NO green "jobs" ???

    April 24, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  44. Jim

    You can tell how bad our economy is when the mexicans are even going home.

    April 24, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  45. Merlin

    Well, what a lot of folks obviously fail to recognize about the problems of illegal immigrants is the terrible burden it placed on this country's education and welfare system over the past thirty or forty years. Their children were provided a free education, thanks to our politicians. How? With multiple families in single family dwellings. It doesn't take many of these to "break" a local school district's budget, especially now, given school funds are provided by property taxes. Our wonderful politicians recognized this as a problem over thirty years ago and decided to be undecided about it. Now the golden goose is dead. The politicians have borrowed from Social Security until it is unsustainable and who is left to pay the bill? Hmm, let me think... Our politicians failure to stop rewarding folks who crossed the border illegally was the problem. The folks who took the time and effort to do it legally are frustrated, as well, because they have been cheated.

    April 24, 2012 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      @ johpn - so if it's been such a big burden, then with it falling off, you would expect everything to be getting better wouldn't you? Do you see that happening?

      April 24, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  46. Crazy Yates

    I'll go out on a limb here and say that the primary reason this has slowed down is the lack of available employment. I also don't buy that it has totally stopped. How do you count the number of people sneaking into a country? There' a reason it's called sneaking. It's less attractive here than it is at home for now. When the economy rebounds, and it will, it will go up again.

    April 24, 2012 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  47. Abe Lincoln

    The article says immigration but I think they're talking about ILLEGAL immigration. Is it no longer PC to say ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION? I didn't get the memo.

    April 24, 2012 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  48. mary

    Only proves that they were just here for what they could get.. When it stopped benefiting them. They go home..
    Thats been my issue about the new kind of immigrant.. They have no desire to be American.. Are only here as long as things go well.
    A huge part of the problems this country has had is thanks to illegals.. And Americans paid a lot of money for the services they used..
    And when the going gets tough? They go home..
    Just what people said would happen all along..

    April 24, 2012 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  49. Nodack

    illegal Immigration slows to a standstill? Isn't that a good thing?

    April 24, 2012 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  50. ronjayaz

    Love it! Hlarious!

    April 24, 2012 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  51. Cambride Ray

    Whatever: "There are shills on this thread."

    IOW: "I am having my rear bottom delivered to me on a silver platter"

    April 24, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  52. ronjayaz

    "and a long-term decline in Mexico's birth rates." During my 23-year stay in Mexico 1967-1993, not continuous, I was told by legitimate sources that the Mexican doctors automatically cut the tubes of mothers who had their second child without advertising it for fear of reprisals from the Catholic Church. It is irresponsible of the medical world to tolerate the unimpeded population growth despite the capitalist world salivating at overpopulation.

    April 24, 2012 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      "I was told by legitimate sources that the Mexican doctors automatically cut the tubes"

      I find that very hard to believe. For once, it is impossible to keep something like that under wraps. Hear of Wikileaks? Monica? SS in Cartagena??

      April 24, 2012 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  53. Whatever

    Well, I am just so glad that no terrorists or WMDs have strutted over that NON US-MX Border along with the illegal immigrants and drugs.

    I'd just hate to think the 9-11 Encore had such a Welcome Mat laid out for it.

    April 24, 2012 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  54. Albuequerque, Turkey

    How many of you saw the south park episode the last of the mehicans? very close to that.

    April 24, 2012 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  55. Whatever

    FINALLY! An admission that this mass fleeing had Everything to do with religious mandated gluttonous breeding habits. This was Always about colonization due to an UNSUSTAINABLE birthrate -Never about 'lazy Americans won't work in farms' (US 1020 Census, 12% illegal immigrants work in agriculture.....the rest?......)

    Don't want to be a Third World Sewer? BIRTH CONTROL. It is the ONLY solution.
    Shameful to be a Resource Hog in this day and age (breeding past Sustainable 2) as it is. IF Mexico ever drops it's birthrate to 2.....Economy Thrives, no 'surplus' people as Cartel War fodder, TOURISM! Beautiful beaches, rain forests, *ruins* unlike anything in North America, perfect climate, *Culture* food, music, lovely people........MONEY FOR EVERYONE, PILES OF IT.

    Or, selfishly pop em out left and right, ruining MY offspring's future stability, sinking further into despair, while the orphans and troubles pile up -mess of ignorant and vain choices even their own countrymen do not want to be near.

    April 24, 2012 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin P

      I can’t believe I’m actually responding to this racist drivel. You live in the US and you’re talking about SUSTAINABILITY? The US is the most wasteful nation to ever grace the planet. A family with 20 kids who grows all of their food is more sustainable than any family in the suburbs. Second, MEXICO IS A PART OF NORTH AMERICA. This article, and the academic paper, says absolutely nothing about birthrates in Mexico. And do you know what colonization is? Idiot.

      April 24, 2012 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
      • AzBorn

        The report draws on numerous data sources from both Mexico and the U.S. The principal Mexican data sources are the Mexican decennial censuses (Censos de Población y Vivienda) of 1990, 2000 and 2010; the Mexican Population Count (Conteos de Población y Vivienda) of 2005; the Survey of Migration in the Northern Border of Mexico (la Encuesta sobre Migracíon en la Frontera Norte de México or EMIF-Norte); the Survey of Demographic Dynamics of 2006 and 2009 (Encuesta Nacional de Dinámica Demográfica or ENADID); and the Survey of Occupation and Employment for 2005-2011 (Encuesta Nacional de Ocupación y Empleo or ENOE). The principal U.S. data sources are the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) monthly data for 1994 to 2012; the CPS Annual Social and Economic Supplement conducted in March for 1994 to 2011; the American Community Survey (ACS) for 2005-2010; U.S. Censuses from 1850 to 2000; U.S. Border Patrol data on apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border; and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics on legal admissions to the U.S. and aliens removed or returned. The report also uses data from the World Bank and the United Nations Population Division.

        April 24, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  56. DC

    What part of illegal don't you brainiac liberals understand?

    April 24, 2012 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      -why should they try to understand anything at all from the job safety of their Ivory Tower? IT IS NEVER *THEIR JOB*, *THEIR HOUSING*, *THEIR SEAT IN A GOOD SCHOOL OR COLLEGE* THEY ARE WILLING TO GIVE UP TO SHOW HOW PC THEY ARE. IT IS NEVER *THEIR ZIP CODE* WHERE THE CRIME SOARS.

      April 24, 2012 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Easy: The part where it says it has to be forever.

      April 24, 2012 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  57. Cambride Ray

    One thing is for sure: hatred and racism are on the side of the anti-immigrant crowd.

    April 24, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      Two things for sure:
      1. Immigration Law Enforcement is NOT a Civil Rights issue -so FAIL.
      2. Clearly Your Job is secure from undercutting immigrant labor. (Must be nice flushing struggling working class Americans down the toilette so you can pat yourself on the back about how PC you are -from the safety of an Ivory Tower.)

      April 24, 2012 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray


        If you feel threatened by a barely literate Mexican worker, you made a VERY SERIOUS vocational error.

        April 24, 2012 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Whatever

        MKL III LOL

        April 24, 2012 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Whatever

        Cambridge (Harvard?) You seem a shill, way too ready for this thread with the links and cut and pasts.

        How horrible of you to drop the Dr King name....the Third that is (lol).....while you spew elitism towards working class, minority & poor Americans who suffer the worse of an undercutting labor force.
        "They made a poor choice in 'career' to be so easily displaced by an illegal Mexican? Forget Cambridge, that is something other side of the river, BU?

        Great job throwing America's poor workers, minorities and single mothers under a bus to show how PC you are.

        April 24, 2012 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        "way too ready for this thread with the links and cut and pasts."

        Have a problem with REFERENCES? They are required in GRADUATE school.

        (Been doing this for 7 years – Google 'Ramon Herrera' in Usenet, and you will get 1000s of hits)

        April 24, 2012 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
      • ronjayaz

        My only objection to any illegal immigration is that I have to work that much harder. Everyone knows that immigrants–legal or illegal-work their butts off to the embarrassment of us legalized citizens, I wanna be laid back and be able to demand that employers give us workers their just do. Everyone knows that if it weren't for immigrants America wud be a worker's paradise.

        April 24, 2012 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        "Cambridge (Harvard?)"

        MIT – Internet co-founder (Gracias, Al!!)

        "You seem a shill, way too ready"

        There is no such thing as "too ready"

        April 24, 2012 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Larry & Whatever:

      There are 350,000 churches in the US. I dare you to find ONE of whose (public!) position on immigration you can be proud.

      There are 28+ million companies in the US. I dare you to find ONE of whose (public!) position on immigration you can be proud.

      All you need in ONE, and I lose.

      Hatred is squarely on YOUR side, folks!

      April 24, 2012 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
    • mary

      Anti 'ILLEGAL' immigrant.. There is a big difference..

      April 24, 2012 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  58. Scallywag151

    What a Crock of Cr@p!
    Election year = Disinformation
    Legal does NOT = Illegal
    Crescent News Network (CNN) is bias towards ISLAM and Liberalism…FACT…just read cr@p like this and all that is said is done.

    April 24, 2012 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      A "genius" wrote: "Legal does NOT = Illegal"

      Duh! Why do you think every company in America and every religion in America are in unanimous support of:

      A Path to LEGALIZATION?

      (and to Citizenship)

      April 24, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
      • patiat

        American born workers are unwilling to do a damn thing. Mexicans turn up with no English and in many instances no green card, and they're willing to work and learn new stuff on the job. I know who I'd want working for me.

        April 24, 2012 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        "Mexicans turn up with no English and they're willing to work and learn new stuff"

        Including English!!

        April 24, 2012 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      The US Chamber of Commerce and Rupert Murdoch (among others) are on exactly the same side as the Obama Administration on immigration. I dare you to call them liberals!

      April 24, 2012 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
      • angel611

        I am calling them liberals, now do something about it.
        "I dare you....."
        What are you, 5 years old?

        April 24, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
      • sam

        Yes, Murdock isnt even an American! So all of Fox people work for an illegal immigrant!

        April 24, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Nodack

      Just because CNN treats other religions and people with respect unlike FOX that paints everybody except right winged extremists as the enemy doesn't mean they are biased.

      FOX- "All Muslims are terrorists" "Anybody that doesn't consider Muslims terrorists are Communists".

      April 24, 2012 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike F

        Thanks for the good reply. Fox News is extremely biases to the point of not even being a news network. Their TV station only has 4 hours dedicated to news and the rest are talk shows. CNN is by far the most unbiased news networks left and I prefer it over the conservative Fox News and the liberal MSNBC. CNN is not liberal, but it's hard to see it that way when people lean to far to the right. The far left sees CNN as too conservative. Since the far right and far left both don't agree with CNN then CNN is the best choice.

        April 24, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  59. Larry


    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    Congress has passed 7 amnesties for illegal aliens, starting in 1986.

    1. Immigration and Reform Control Act (IRCA), 1986: A blanket amnesty for some 2.7 million illegal aliens
    2. Section 245(i) Amnesty, 1994: A temporary rolling amnesty for 578,000 illegal aliens
    3. Section 245(i) Extension Amnesty, 1997: An extension of the rolling amnesty created in 1994
    4. Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) Amnesty, 1997: An amnesty for close to one million illegal aliens from Central America
    5. Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act Amnesty (HRIFA), 1998: An amnesty for 125,000 illegal aliens from Haiti
    6. Late Amnesty, 2000: An amnesty for some illegal aliens who claim they should have been amnestied under the 1986 IRCA amnesty, an estimated 400,000 illegal aliens
    7. LIFE Act Amnesty, 2000: A reinstatement of the rolling Section 245(i) amnesty, an estimated 900,000 illegal aliens.

    April 24, 2012 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • ronjayaz

      I knew abt the first but all the others? Wow! Now that we have the Internet we should have sections like UPDATES OF CONGRESSIONAL ACTION: (1) IMMIGRATION, (2) BIRTH CONTROL ETC., ETC. ETC.

      April 24, 2012 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  60. jason

    Total lying article. It is only talking about the "legal" mexican immigrants. It is not talking about the illegals. This is an election-year, pull-out-all-the-stops ploy to help Obama because they know that the vast majority of the public is against illegal immigration.

    April 24, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Mtheumer

      Might want to go beyond the article;

      From the Pew Report Web Page:

      "Apprehensions of Mexicans trying to cross the border illegally have plummeted by more than 70% in recent years, from more than 1 million in 2005 to 286,000 in 2011—a likely indication that fewer unauthorized immigrants are trying to cross. This decline has occurred at a time when funding in the U.S. for border enforcement—including more agents and more fencing—has risen sharply."

      April 24, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      "It is only talking about the "legal" mexican immigrants."

      The article is exclusively about illegal immigration. For example: "including rising deportations, greater enforcement at the border, growing dangers associated with border crossings"

      April 24, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  61. Harry From Pa

    The statistics are there, for some reason the party of morality and fiscal conservatism can't read stats or want to think the president is doing anything good, even though our economy and jobs are better than they were when he took office. What I don't get is they complain but why are they so hypocritical, they are pro-life but support death penalty and guns, they claim they are the christian party, but tote guns, want to start wars but when it comes to medical care and programs, they are against it. If it's not in the Bible they don't want to believe it, hint dinosaurs, oh and we only been around a couple thousand of years, lol. But why did the repubs ever stop asking what would Jesus do? I mean he helped the poor, gave out free food, healed people that nobody wanted to be dealt with and taught acceptance, not this my way or the highway stuff...... oh yeah sounds like our current state.....

    April 24, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  62. USNAmerica

    Really people, stop with the BS. I was born in America (Irish decent) my wife was born in America (Mexican decent). I raise my three Children that they are not Irish Americans, Mexican Americans, but they are Americans. We didn't migrate over here, our ancestors did, so get the heck over it. My family came over here legally, my wife's family came over here legally. I have served 20 years in the USN and I am still in the USN. Because I still believe we are the greatest country alive. Although several of you would label me a neocon. Yep your right, I am a Conservative, I believe in family first, I believe in my God, and I believe in less goverment. But I am so proud because my children don't identify themselves as Irish Americans, Mexican American, they call themselves Americans. Just my thoughts from a kid from one of the fly over States. God bless the USA.

    April 24, 2012 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  63. Shazaam

    confirmation bias at it's finest...

    April 24, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  64. Gabriel

    1. What do you call a person that speaks three languages? Trilingual
    2. What do you call a person that speaks two languages? Bilingual
    3. What do you call a person that only speaks one language? American

    April 24, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed Bucci

      It is wonderful that there are people who can speak two, three, etc. languages. However, I define myself as an American on the basis of not how many languages I speak... but rather: that I was born in this country and that I hope to contribute to this country and defend the principles upon which it was founded. None of which have anything to do with the number of languages I speak.

      April 24, 2012 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
      • patiat

        The principles on which this country were founded have long been corrupted. Probably hopelessly.

        April 24, 2012 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      I like my version better, Gabriel:

      Q: What do you call a person that only speaks one language?
      A: Well, you can use Latin roots, and call them "unilingual" or use Greek and call them "monoglot".
      Not really, you call them "American".

      April 24, 2012 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan Pablo

      Gabriel : What are people called who are citizens of the country with eleven aircraft carriers?
      HINT: most of them speak only English.

      April 24, 2012 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        Juan Pablo: Do you know how many Hispanics serve in our military? Do you know since when?

        The US Marine Corps and the US Army are proud sponsors of La Raza: I dare you to call them traitors!

        April 24, 2012 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      The only ones who are linguistically challenged are the native-born.

      April 24, 2012 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
    • ronjayaz

      It works for the English too a small island. On the other hand, we are an enormous one-language country. The real reason is that we know that English is the money language of the world. As an Irish-American, first generation, I'm so glad our British brethern forced the Irish to learn English for 300 of the 700 year occupancy and eliminated Irish (previously Gaelic) as our native language. Imagine having to read Shakespeare in ESL! All Hail, Britanica & one languagers!

      April 24, 2012 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Jorge

        Gee, I guess it must feel good to be a product of mediocre education (rated 35th worldwide.) Que pase buen dia, monsieur.

        April 24, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • rebrag

      Spend some time overseas. Vast majority of people learn languages other than their native tongue for economic or social reasons not because they value being bilingual. Need to be bilingual simply doesn't exist in the US. That's the only reason..plain and simple, that most Americans speak only english.

      April 24, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
      • rebrag

        Oh, and language requirements in other counties start at grade school. It's very interesting that liberals who mock the monolingual nature of Americans are at the helm of our educational systems.

        April 24, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • My Esoteric

      Or British, or French, or Ugandan, or Mexican, or ...

      April 24, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  65. josh rogen

    no jobs, no mexicans

    April 24, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • true asia

      true true no jobs no mexico , mexico just here cause of the jobs now no jobs mexico go back to mexico....hope they dont came back to the u.s

      April 24, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |



    April 24, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  67. blaze562

    This is the trump card they are going to play, I'll call this bluff and raise. This report is far from the truth so don't believe this.
    There is nothing in this world that will stop someone from coming over to get free retirement with medical.
    This report happens to come at the same time the immigration law hit the Supreme Court, Coincidence!! Maybe but I think the master plan is just about to be unveiled.

    April 24, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  68. Easy E

    Adaptation is getting an education and a good job, not running around trying to convince yourself of a lie about a race you have a bias against for whatever reason.

    April 24, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  69. big banjo


    April 24, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  70. Jon

    Amazing, the illegal immigration issue just miraculously vanished as a result of this study and with perfect timing right before the election. This is meant to influence public opinion...I don't buy it.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  71. Rob

    Well CNN, once agian, biased reporting. Don't mix legal and illegal, as if it were the same thing. It is not.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • dmac

      Just because u dont like the news doesnt mean it's biased......

      April 24, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
      • RickInNY

        Just because you refuse to open your eyes, doesn't mean the problem doesn't exist, or has disappeared.

        April 24, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  72. maggotfist

    Are they talking about "Legal Immigrants"?,..because if the level of LEGAL immigrants is declining, then that says much for the ease of becoming an illegal one.
    Fluff article CNN GRATS

    April 24, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  73. Faberm


    April 24, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  74. Paganguy

    The Mexicans are here because the "job creators" employ them: Restaurants, Farms, Office Cleaning Companies, Meat Packers, and any other low wage employers. Let me add that most of them are hard worker. When they all leave you guys will have to pay higher prices for everything.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  75. bannister

    No, Whites WILL survive through separation. Will take about 10-20 years but it WILL happen!

    April 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  76. bannister

    Think the Arizona laws have SOMETHING to do with this? I do!

    April 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dianne B.

      Not at all. Arizona is only one of the border states and those that enter through Arizona do not have to stay there either. This has to do with what was explained in the article. Mexican economy is getting better while US economy is going downhill. Yours is hopeful thinking, you must be from Arizona and proud.

      April 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Skoolz

        And that law, or a close variation of it should be in all 50.

        April 24, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  77. j14401

    The article is misleading in that they are not immigrants. They are illegals. Call it what it is.

    April 23, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • alex

      we don't want to be illegals, make us legals!!!

      April 23, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dianne B.

      Legality is just paperwork. Many illegals fit in this society far better than legals. Just being able to obtain a few papers do not mean jack. There are legal Indians or Pakistanis who get dressed as back home, stink, speak no more than a few words of English, and have real narrowminded views. And there are Canadians that live like Americans that are illegal for instance. Legality is a joke. Get real.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
      • alex

        That is true, I don't take for granted to live in this country, I have good memories, I have good friends from every ethnic group, I love the state where I live and specially this beautyfull city that gave me a new place that I call home. I work hard to make it a better place for anyone who come after me who loves freedom and over all PEACE. I am an "illegal"

        April 24, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  78. P

    IIsn't treating someone different because of the color of their skin racist regardless of whether the intention is good or bad?

    IIf this is the case, pretty much the entire government and liberal party are flaming racists.

    April 23, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • alex

      P, you are wrong, here some defenitions from a dictionary, hope you learn something tonight.
      a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.

      a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.

      hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

      April 23, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Malavaina

    How come Americans can enter most countries without a visa? Is that legal immigration or just abuse of power?

    April 23, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlye

      Which countries are those?

      April 23, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patsy

      ....probably because everyone assumes that visiting Americans will actually go home rather than trying to remain as illegal immigrants....

      April 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • ronjayaz

        This is nothing new from the .last time this happened, during the Great Depression (1929-1941). In fact Mexico is currently growing economically more than the US and jobs are getting plentiful. Americans have the misguided belief that Mexicans come to "America" to be free and have the "good life." Nothing cud be further from the truth.They come here to make money and return to their beloved country to build there,

        April 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  80. bluemax77

    And I thought recession was a bad thing...

    April 23, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  81. P

    Funny how the racist minorities always talk about the good day when there will be 'no more whites' in this country and that we'll all be brown. What they forget is this means there will be no more darks either and they'll have to work for a living instead of receiving scholarships and handouts just because of the color of their skin.

    OH but don't be such a racist! We're not racist, that's why we give them money for race alone! haha

    April 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Vet

    The question is how do we keep them leaving and the ones who have left from coming back?

    April 23, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • alex

      Just be yourself vet, looks like all the xenofobics like you are doing a great job!!!

      April 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  83. P


    April 23, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  84. JR

    The FALL of THE UNITED STATES is near that's why.

    April 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • gingersrule1

      Yeah right. Like a bunch of illegals are going to know that.

      April 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • alex

        To know what ginger?

        April 23, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Alex

        Greeks didn't have a clue until the last minute either. US is much more capable of delaying the outcome, but you will start feeling it pretty badly soon.

        April 24, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  85. FauxNews

    Duh, why fill out paperwork for crossing the Mexican border?

    April 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Chuck in Jasper Ga.

    It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out why they have been returning to Mexico although they have migrated here legally. No jobs. When the construction and real estate industries went belly up, so did the jobs many of these people had. Roofers, concrete finishers, landscaping, framing and foundation crews,with no building going on the jobs went away. It is probably a lot cheaper to live in Mexico, especially if you do not a job.

    April 23, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck in Jasper Ga.

      *have a job

      April 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  87. ?

    The truth about Mexico is that the country is rich in natural resources. If the government wanted to take care of its people, it could.

    April 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • blessedgeek

      Most countries that are rich in natural resources have a large swathe their citizenry in poverty.

      There are a number of countries which are poor in natural resources, have done good in creating a strong base of human resource and therefore, are rich. Unfortunately, the measures taken by these rich countries to engineer their education systems might be called Socialism in the United States.

      April 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  88. ewa

    Simple math and facts:

    1) The projected population of Hispanics (mostly Mexican) will outnumber whites around 2020-2030.

    2) Mexicans have a chip on their shoulder, after knowing the factual history that all of the bordering states are rightfully theirs.

    3) US Mexicans, who keep NEVER forget their roots, e.g., they always have a Mexican flag around, will keep in touch with their Mexican family in Mexico.

    This all, to an unbiased observer, points towards, long-term, things going Mexico's way. Carlos Slim also has a chip on his shoulder, he's working to correct the wrongs of the past

    April 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • word

      if your ancestors had actually won that war, Tijuana would probably be somewhere in Colorado and the entire west coast would be a 3rd world trainwreck. It's not like you've actually taken care of what you did manage to hold on to.

      April 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • adamsmith100

      You say you're an unbiased observer, but then you make sweeping stereotypes, such as that Mexicans "always have a Mexican flag around." I'm just getting tired of people claiming not to be racist, unbiased, or bigoted and then making statements that show that's exactly what they are. Yeah, the world is easier to understand if you simplify everything, but then your understanding isn't very accurate. Good thing most Americans–whatever their ancestry–are more open-minded than many of the people who comment here.

      April 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |

      for all you reconquistas out there we won california and much of the south west when we destroyed mexico in the mexican american war. we had the right to take all of mexico north of mexico city, but we decided to be magnanimous, and only take what was north of the rio grand river. we also PAID mexico for the land, which was not needed, and had never been done by a conquering nation. so, the next time some retard tells you that america stole california from mexico, you can tell them how stupid and ignorant they are

      April 24, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
      • alex

        It' funny Lagnafe, I think my spelling is not so bad after knowing that english is my second language, what excuse do you have? I can see the errors in your writting too.

        April 24, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  89. Keith

    The Americans are worse. Real Evil, is that American Military Adventurism masquerades as virtue.

    April 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Scott

    I don't see us colonizing and of these areas we are "roaming around" in.

    April 23, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      only because you aren't looking

      April 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • bman

      Nahh just playing with body parts this week.

      April 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Dan

    I'm not sure which part of "Net immigration" you failed to understand...?

    April 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  92. youbetchumredryder

    Maybe they are all headed for Communist China, That is where all the American Jobs are.

    April 23, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  93. NudeTruth

    Sucked all the money out of the country and decided to go home did they?

    April 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • WWJD

      Sucking all the minimum wage money dry out of the country?... Really?... Know anybody who can live with that kind of money and said that they "Sucked the money out"?

      April 24, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
      • ronjayaz

        Yes, any immigrant can make a bundle in America when the economy's good. They save and watch their money carefully, not spend it like there's no tomorrow.

        April 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Scott

    I think some people are confused here. You have Latinos and Hispanics that make up the population of many Central and South Amercan countries. One is of the first Indian settlers, the other of the European settlers (yes, the feeb employed by Navaretee blantantly implies the Indians were indigiounous to the Southern US. They were nt. FACT: The "natives" immigrated from Asia . That said, understanding the distinction between the two, Latinos and Hispanics, helps you understand the caste system in Mexico and many Central American countries, and why they flee here in the first place, much like in India. for anyone to point at the US citizens that believe in obeying our immigration laws is because of racism, they only need to look at what is going back at the source countries.

    April 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • alex

      Wich Central America country Scott, I am from one of those contries you are talking about, things are not perfect down there, but we don't have a caste system as you are claiming, that is more commun here then any where in the world, just see who is doing the nany works, maids, construction, fields labor in the southern and western states, we latinos have become the over worked low paid class. We do not deserve your descriminatory words, you should appreciate that you have food in your table because a been picker sacrificed his back picking the tomatos you have front of you today.

      April 23, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. N

      Caste system? Are you serious. On what part of the 17th century did your education get stuck on, exactly? It's sad when one person tries to excuse local bigotry with a "hey, look at what THEY'RE doing" attempt at deflection, especially since that deflection is largely false and transparently self-serving.

      And yes, originally, we all came from somewhere else. I believe that place was Africa. So, unless you're ready to call everybody in this world "African" your arguments hold no water. And I won't even address your Latino/Hispanic bit, either because it's just too funny, except to say that cultures and peoples tend to mix, and a lot more so in Spanish-speaking countries than here.

      I realize that you weren't trying to be funny but Scotty, you are an accidental comedic genius!

      April 24, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. N

      Wait, let me get this straight: Illegal immigrants are being criticized on this board for leaving, just as they have been for coming? And many of these people criticizing still have the gall to say they're not racists? Well, if there was any doubt, here's the proof!

      Funny how, in the end, economics work. This illegal immigration issue has been, from the get-go, about economics: The economics of a rich first world nation addicted to cheap labor, and an ample supply of it just to the south. Anyone making it about anything more than that has an axe to grind, and judging by many of the comments here, that axe is being ground through bigotry.

      April 24, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  95. jophn

    honestly if the article is true its pretty sad about the government. Partial because they are spending more money every year since 2005 to protect the border while more mexicans are leaving. Not saying this is the entire case but how the article is presented it sure sounds like it. Maybe if we should cut spending the border. I'm sure my government can find more ways of keep worthless people employed ie...TSA, Immigration, and traffic police officers. Please find a real job.

    April 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  96. gimptron

    what about illegal immigration though???

    April 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  97. JC in Western U.S.

    Well, I guess this puts to rest the notion of "anchor babies" being the reason why people came here illegally. Nothing about citizenship birthright has changed in the last five years. If illegal immigration is declining despite the so called "lure" of citizenship, then I guess citizenship isn't all that attractive after all.

    April 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  98. John

    I agree with Jake, the Hispanic population will end up intermixing with whites and other races or ethnicities and the line between White-non Hispanic and White Hispanic will be blurred. Hispanics have intermarriage rates as high as previous immigrants and in most cases a white and Hispanic child has overwhelmingly European features. As soon as immigration from Latin America comes to a halt, the Hispanics already here will integrate into mainstream culture and become Americans.

    April 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • alex

      Do not hate us, if we are here ilegally is because there is not a another way to come here legally, really, the only people who can affor to come here ilegally is the one who don't need to it.

      April 23, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  99. jake

    As soon as another Amnesty Bill starts being talked about – those who left the US will flood back over the border with their 'papers' claiming they never left. Every single proposed Amnesty bill would put the burden of proof on the gov't to prove that an illegal did not qualify for Amnesty. It would be up to the gov't to prove the person left and went back to Mexico. If they've got a paystub or a power bill they can sneak right back over the border and line up with all those other illegal aliens who claim they deserve to be citizens.

    April 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Its funny how many people don't realize that it was the talk of the Amnesty late 90's early 2000's was when the flood gates opened, just like in tthe 80's.

      April 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • alex

        there have not been such thing in the late 90's I wish so, where did you get that? the only time have been an amnesty was in the times of Ronald Regan.

        April 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  100. AMERICA 1st

    Thats great news about the mex illegal entry into the USA is at a standstill. I hope it continues. Now the USA should start rounding up all the rest of the infestations and box them up in train cattle cars and dump them off at the mex border! A mex free USA can happen. Lets work towards that goal!

    April 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Its too late. You lost already, per the US census, hispanics will be a majority by 2012. have fun pressing 2 for english white trash

      April 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • jake

        Majority by 2012? Yeah right. Maybe in 50 years but that's assuming in 50 years that the generations have inter mixed and they aren't any more Latino as the Irish or German immigrants before them. My brothers married Latino girls. Their kids speak English only. That's the future for Latinos. Their kids become Americans and that's it.

        April 23, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • cygnus

      Can you say with absolute certainty that you have no Spanish ancestry?

      April 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Keith

        I am sure that I do, that is why I quit voting for Republicans

        April 23, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spain isn't Europe, eh?

      And your ancestors were from???

      April 23, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • lewtwo

        No clue ... sorry.

        April 24, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • alex

      Your words remind me of nazi propaganda, nothing good can come from words that saw hate and intolerance.

      April 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • tlawrence49@optonline.net

      12 million more to go! Start a free ticket federal agency as a way to get rid of them..

      April 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Easy E

      As much as I do not approve of illegal immigration, I find your comment stupid beyond belief. The minute we throw out all Mexican nationals is the minute our economy comes to an absolute screeching halt. Like it or not, the agriculture, hospitality, and construction sectors simply would implode, there are not enough people here in this country that have the endurance and work ethic to fill the gap. I know, I was in construction for 12 years, it paid my way through undergrad.

      April 24, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Jorge

        Gee, same here, I worked as a fabricator/rigger for 15 years and it got me through tech school, now I run a blueprints office. There are a lot of armchair posers out there complaining about jobs they don't have who wouldn't last a day welding/assembling steel 150 feet up or laying #9 rebar in a giant hole when it's 95 degrees with no wind.

        April 24, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
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