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No one wants to hear about immigration?

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Illegal immigration is not an issue close to my heart. I know as political agenda goes, the build a fence to suppress the in-flow of illegals is quite a potent weapon. But living in Minnesota, such a fence does not concern me much, and the presence of Spanish speaking Latinos in MSP doesn’t pose a problem but offers a lot more character to our city.

But as much as the issue doesn’t rank among the top political concerns at TRC, it also is something about which  TRC is not too well informed. Evidence of that came when I read Mexican Migration near zero in the Star Tribune (reprinted from the NY TIMES). According to the article, illegal immigration of Mexicans into the United States has essentially ceased. I had no idea.

Douglas Massey, director of the Mexican Migration Project at Princeton, a long-term survey in Mexican emigration hubs, said his research showed that interest in heading to the United States had fallen to its lowest level since at least the 1950s.
No one wants to hear it, but the flow has already stopped,” Massey said, referring to illegal traffic. “For the first time in 60 years, the net traffic has gone to zero and is probably a little bit negative.”

So why has the immigration level decreased so severely? The Mexican economy is improving, Mexican families are having fewer children putting less financial pressure on individuals, legal immigration is expanding rapidly and, frankly,  the US is simply not as attractive a destination as it once was.

How about that.

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Written by Christopher ZF

July 6, 2011 at 11:30

Posted in immigration

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