Opinion: Why wave of Mexican immigration stopped
Migrant workers load cilantro in Colorado. The farmer said business is suffering because there are fewer Mexican workers.
April 30th, 2012
05:00 AM ET

Opinion: Why wave of Mexican immigration stopped

Editor's note: Jeffrey S. Passel is a senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center and a nationally known expert on immigration to the United States and the demography of racial and ethnic groups. D'Vera Cohn is a senior writer at the Pew Research Center. From 1985 to 2006, she was a reporter at The Washington Post, writing chiefly about demographic trends and immigration.

By Jeffrey S. Passel and D'Vera Cohn, Special to CNN

(CNN) - To those of us who have studied the largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States - the four-decade-long influx of millions of Mexicans - it seemed inconceivable that it would ever come to a halt. Yet, as our new Pew Hispanic Center report has shown, it has.

Study: Mexican immigration to United States slows to a standstill

Our analysis of Mexican and U.S. data sources indicates that at least as many Mexicans and their families are leaving the United States as are arriving in the United States from Mexico. As a result, the Mexican-born population in the United States decreased from 12.6 million in 2007 to 12 million in 2011. This appears to be the first sustained decline in the number of Mexican immigrants since the Great Depression, and it is entirely because of a reduction in illegal immigration - more going home and fewer coming. Today, we estimate that 51% of all Mexican immigrants living in the United States are unauthorized. In 2007, that figure was 56%.

Read Jeffrey S. Passel and D'Vera Cohn's full column

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  1. DonnaBloy

    Certainly mental or phcyisal health problems, and certain personal upheavals (ie death of a spouse or child), can render a person unable to work and result in poverty. But for most people, moving to an area where there are jobs, cutting back on drugs & alcohol, or just being willing to endure the indignities of work (ie getting yelled at by idiot bosses or customers), is all you need to live a reasonable lifestyle. For the most part, poverty is not caused by class conflict, but by personal issues.

    September 16, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. hamsta

    even the mexicans know socialism is failure.

    May 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raceisamyth

    Its too late. You can erase my comments. The world already knows whats going on. Can you say BUSTED!

    May 1, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |