A four-decade tidal wave of Mexican immigration to the United States has receded, causing a historic shift in migration patterns as more Mexicans appear to be leaving the United States for Mexico than the other way around, according to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center.

It looks to be the first reversal in the trend since the Depression, and experts say that a declining Mexican birthrate and other factors may make it permanent. “I think the massive boom in Mexican immigration is over and I don’t think it will ever return to the numbers we saw in the 1990s and 2000s,” said Douglas Massey, a professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and co-director of the Mexican Migration Project, which has been gathering data on the subject for 30 years.

Nearly 1.4 million Mexicans moved from the United States to Mexico between 2005 and 2010, double the number who did so a decade earlier. The number of Mexicans who moved to the United States during that period fell to less than half of the 3 million who came between 1995 and 2000.

The trend could have major political consequences, underscoring the delicate dance by the Republican and Democratic parties as they struggle with immigration policies and court the increasingly important Latino vote.

Huh, whoulda thunk an Obama Presidency would have been bad for the illegals?



  1. Publius says:

    Illegal emigrants?

    Next question: Who else going to follow them?

    Don’t drone me, bro

  2. sargasso_c says:

    Many have worked hard, led faultless lives in society and have been denied access to citizenship, basic health care and representation.

    • pedro says:

      One word: ILLEGAL

      • Moochie Bantonni says:

        2 other words: So what?

        Try to get be illegal and get a j ob in their country or food stamps, free housing, free medical, free school, etc. Try it and see how long they llow you to stay there. PLease see MEXICO’s immigration policy for people who come there illegally. Jail and immediate departure.. No benefits at all. You will die there.

        Where is the “EQUALITY” and representation?

        • max herrera says:

          where the heck do you get your facts from dude?

          I don’t know if I should call you idiot or ignorant, they both fit you well.

          Mexico has approx. 1.5 million Americans living in Mexico and not even a third of them live legally in my country, ask the rest (approx. 1.1 million) of them if they have ever been discriminated by a Mexican, ask them if the can own a property even if they are not legally living here (which can’t be done in the US), ask them if they don’t get full coverage medical insurance (Seguro Social) just by paying a minimum wage of 230 dollars a year, when a single visit to the doctor in the states can cost you that much,
          ask one of those illegal Americans if they have ever come across a pretesting march asking our government to take them out of our country, just to mention a few things.

          People like you shouldn’t exist at all faggot, do yourself a favor and shot yourself in the head man..

          Racists like you are the only ones that are big chances to get killed in mexico and any other country, PERIOD!!!!

    • dusanmal says:

      I am legal immigrant and I needed to spend 8 years of my life and effort to get legal access to citizenship. What would be a point if you could just steal it bypassing all who properly wait in line.
      All health care that they could have paid for was there for them and than some. Whatever the health care system exists in their home country is typically orders of magnitude worse than what they got.
      They have all the representation in their own country of origin as the laws there permit.
      No illegal immigrant led faultless lives here. They started by violating the law and entering without permission. If they worked – they stole a job (someone would have it done if it needed to be done and no illegal immigrants were present… ). If they paid taxes – they stole someone’s identity. If they didn’t pay taxes – they stole public services we all pay for…. By your measure someone who broke in to your home and washed dishes should have immediate right to be on the papers as a part owner of the house. I don’t think you’d treat thief in your own house with same generosity.

      • Cursor_ says:

        And pray tell what country of origin did you come from?

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        • Thom says:

          Well, I can tell you one thing when my family came here from Europe no one spoke our language or wanted to (ie it wasn’t forced down anyone’s throats,) there were no programmes and handouts for our immigrants. You either worked like a dog, often being hated, kept out of crime and contributed to society IN ENGLISH and then and only then did you reap rewards. THAT is what America was when my people came here from Europe.

    • Moochie Bantonni says:

      Many? Isn’that what people are supposed to do.
      SO if you are Illegal and steal a job from an American or other legal person that means you can and should become a USA citizen? Really… So what if they have not done bad things as you say? Many, many more have not kept the law or been so called good citizens!! ! IN fact
      huge numbers have not and are responsible for “MANY” of the murders, crimes,Selling Drugs,
      having anchor babies, getting Free medical, food, housing, Social security, and “MANY” getting these nenefits and all the time working for cash under the table. If you watch the news or read the papers in any US city with a large Illegal immigrant population who do you see doing the majority of the Crime? What names come up most of the time? Juan, Jose, Miguel,
      Roberto, Angel,Pablo, on and on.

      What gives anyone who comes here illegally the right to be a USA citizen if they are good citizens as you say? The majority rake and rape the system for all they can and contribute little in return.Why is the system broke? To much going out to takers and freebies to Illegals and others. They fill the schools with thier kids and then bring their “family” over for more freebries that working American people have to support thru taxes.

      They need to go back and not fast enough. My Father used to say…” Figures don’t lie”, but…”liars figure”.

  3. pedro says:

    I smell BS on this paper.

    • Bob Wire says:

      Me too.

      The article is just a weak ploy to justify relaxing border control efforts. If the trend is favorable (fewer illegals), step up the effort!

      You don’t eradicate a disease by stopping short.

    • birddog says:

      Good call

    • GregAllen says:

      Pedro,

      This is not some one-off story. Informed people have known that illegal immigration has been going down for months, even years.

      But in fake, Fox fiction Obama world, they are clueless about this because it doesn’t fit their narrative.

  4. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Trends and factors? Lets keep tracking all this good stuff.

    One “model” for this could be that young mexicans come to USA to steal our jobs that no one wants to do because checking on legal status is too uncertain for employers and then when they have sent enough money home, they return to live the better life in Mexico that they bought by working in the USA.

    Could very easily be that the illegal immigration doesn’t really change in its negative impactful way as it matures and becomes established? Of course, declining job market, spotty enforcement, row crops being grown and flown in from other countries rather than grown here, Joe Arpio and many other factors always changing and playing their role.

    Why not say its the legalization of drugs in Mexico?

    Ha, ha.—lots of factors.

    …..course….comments from the ever constant douche-anal move me to be against legal immigration too. I’d prefer ten non-voting illegal Mexicans any day.

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      • deowll says:

        When Obama was in congress he blocked a move to green card illegals sponsored by McCain & Kennedy. The bottom line is Obama/ the Unions don’t want the situation fixed and the Unions are big donors. He’s BSing for votes rather than acting out of concern for the people. If he’d wanted a bill passed he had the votes. It was not something he wanted done so nothing got done.

  5. GregAllen says:

    Are conservatives going to give Obama credit for this?

    I’m not holding my breath.

    • kiwini says:

      How’s this for credit, then?….

      Everything that The Anointed One promised he’d accomplish, while campaigning in the first frenzy, has NOT happened.

      Everything that he or his appointees have become involved with has become a bigger and/or more expensive problem.

      If nothing else, at least the man tries to be consistent. :)

    • jbenson2 says:

      So Obama destroys the U.S. economy which causes the illegal aliens to give up and go back home, and the conservatives are supposed to thank Obama?

    • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

      That’s like giving Judas credit for the rise of Christianity, which perhaps you do.

      • So what says:

        Not that I believe the story, but didn’t judas sell his friend out for money. Sounds like your typical alfie conservative.

  6. BigBoyBC says:

    Rats are always first to leave a sinking ship…

  7. NewfornatSux says:

    Economy doing poorly, EVerify, border fence, and the failure to pass an amnesty all helped. Obama is still promising an amnesty to Latino groups, and he has already passed one by executive order, but beyond that it doesn’t look like much will happen.

  8. Dallas says:

    During the Obama administration illegal aliens have dropped sharply. Is this the same pirate killing ninja who ordered Bin Laden shot in the face and saved the auto industry?

  9. Angel H. Wong says:

    How long until the gringos head South of the border for a better life?

    • pedro says:

      Boy, that’s a tough one.

      Come to think of it, not really. They will start going south for a better life once the US is fully filled with poor illegals.

      • Rick says:

        It’s already happened people.
        Much of the prime properties in Mexico have been purchased by White Americans, especially beach front properties along both coasts of Mexico on down to South America. American $$ buys ‘legal’ staying permits.

        • pedro says:

          Money can also buy you legal American “staying” permits. Money talks everywhere.

  10. Don says:

    The comments from right-wing loonies always disgust me. Why don’t you jingoistic right-wing patriots join the US Marines and fight the “terrorists” in some god-forsaken place? Just leave. Now.

    • Moochie Bantonni says:

      We are fighting the terrorist Politicians right here at HOME! The first to go will be OBAMA in November…then Polosi and the rest of the terrorists currently in charge. Both on the left and the right..

      They all sell out..every darn one of them.

    • LibertyLover says:

      I’m a veteran. I was in Beirut in October ’83.

      Does that count?

      Veterans for Ron Paul!

      • So what says:

        While I respect your service, you’re betting on a dead horse.

        • LibertyLover says:

          We’ll see . . .

          It was announced today that he won the plurality of delegates in MN, IA, and WA.

          And he’s currently sweeping up most of Santorum’s delegates and soon Gingrich’s.

          It’s looking better every day.

          • Dallas says:

            I for one admire you Ross Perot, I mean Ron Paul, hard core supporters.

            It’s great to see good old stand by your principles type. I salute you sir!

          • LibertyLover says:

            Just read a report on the MSM (hidden on page 423, of course) that said “unofficially” Paul has over 500 delegates and not what’s being reported on the 10 o’clock news. One can only hope . . . (real hope :-) )

            And he captured two more states today, putting him at 5: Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Washington State. He’ll get on the ballot in Tampa now.

            FYI — Supposedly, Romney’s crew got in a shouting match with the Iowa GOP when a bunch of delegates refused to sign a pledge to support him in Tampa . . . just to get their picture taken!

            It’s getting better every day!

    • pedro says:

      Hey Don! I want your house. What time can I go by to get the keys?

  11. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    Unregistered Democrats fleeing Obama socialism, they’ve seen it before. Mexico has emerged as more Capitalist than we, and their economy is experiencing real growth, not fabricated Kenysian cancerous government growth.

  12. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    If that keeps up Attorney General Holder won’t have to fight against voter id laws, the question will be moot.

  13. southbound expat says:

    i am a permanent resident in a south american country. got under the wire after trying to deal with bureacracy with an amnesty program. now they’re making it difficult and costly for people to immigrate here. and want to land at any of the airports in these countries as a tourist with an american passport? get prepared to shell out around a $150 for each country

    to me all rules that have to do with immigration are artificial and arbitrary. americans and europeans will rue the day they were so spiteful and mean-spirited towards their fellow human beings. yes, i know i’m in the minority, but i don’t see myself as a nationality anymore, i see myself as a human being on equal status with anyone in sudan or vietnam.

    the factors that spurred the great migration northward in the last few years included many produced by institutions controlled by europe and the us: the imf and the world bank are just two examples, but if you start to look at the foreign policy and, to put it mildly, the meddlings of our governments that directly affected the lives of hundreds of millions, you might see migrations is a larger context, and drop the self-righteous “illegal” pronouncement. you might find yourself in an “illegal” corner you don’t know how to get out of and do something like that yourself.

    • pedro says:

      Right. It’s all the gringo’s fault.

      Get a grip on reality pal. That might seem the reason to you but that is quite superficial. Yes, the US and Europe have meddled in latin america, but these countries have always been ruled by a bunch of greedy retarded that are willing to sell they mothers as long as they can keep power. A corruption so big it makes the worst in US and Europe pale by comparison.

      A bunch of no good red-neck like idiots that only want the government to throw some bones as long as they can drink all they want and have as many kids as possible. And don’t make them be responsible for those kids.

      The grass is always greener on the neighbor’s yard, but you need a good measure of reality pal.

      • southbound expat says:

        your comment is full of venom, and i imagine you are very ideological and you think you are right and justified in spewing anger. but using expressions like, “get a grip on reality, pal,” and “willing to sell their mothers,” as well as words like “retarded, “red-neck,” and “idiots,” reveal that you need to use insults to justify your opinions.

        corruption exists in all countries. none are clean, a few partially so. unfortunately for many of us, i don’t think you can see the corruption in the u.s., which is now endemic, and to not see it means that you create the conditions for its persistence and growth.

        the two countries where i currently reside are both receiving many immigrants from europe and north america, as well as many of their own citizens who are returning from spain, italy, and the united states. if it gets to the point that economic conditions are so bad in europe and the states that millions wish to leave those places, those who wish to emigrate will find their situations ever more difficult because of the bad reputation people like you have given us.

        there is no perfection in humanity. i don’t see an alternative to being a stand for all humanity’s well being – to not be, is to wish humanity’s destruction.

        you either love, hate, or are indifferent, and it’s you who get to chose, and that choice has consequences for you and everybody around you. if you wish to debate me, please do so based on what i said. please note that i never said that it’s all the gringo’s fault.

        • pedro says:

          Man, you’re quite good at text interpretation.

          I use those adjectives that you call “insults” not to “justify my opinions” but to accentuate them. No wonder you have no grip on reality if you don’t even have a grip to the text in front of you with ample time to analyze it.

          I can see the corruption in the US, most countries in Europe, China quite well, thank you very much. That’s why I’m qualified to state that it’s way worse in latin america than in those places. Just go into any city and you can see that those places are the results of plain lack of interest in doing their jobs, from politicians to great part of the people living there. Even worse when you learn the movements behind the scenes.

          Latin america has been receiving people from Europe since before WWII and most emigrating locals are getting back because they went out illegally and couldn’t find work or went there legally and the economic situation got so bad they went out of work and were forced to return.

          But those you mention are educated people leaving their countries to Europe & the US. The majority that leaves are the unskilled illegals which do not care if they have job or not because, like Moochie Bantonni said, those stay doing whatever including robbery, etc because they were also doing that at their country of origin. They run to the US and Europe under the “knowledge” that people over there are taking away everything from them and they are just taking it back, that why, for them, like in the US and Europe is so good “nobody has to work to live in houses and have tv’s”, etc.

  14. NewfornatSux says:

    Obama has instituted a defacto amnesty for some people. He is suing the state of Arizona for requiring business to use EVerify and cops to check immigration status of people they arrest.

  15. NewfornatSux says:

    “So we have to enforce our laws in a manner that will please Mexico. Is that what you’re saying?”
    “So you’re saying the government has a legitimate interest in not enforcing its laws?”

    Questions to Obama’s lawyer from the Supreme Court. If Obama has his way, there will be less enforcement of immigration laws.

    • LibertyLover says:

      It’s not just Obama. It’s the policy in general for the GOP and the DNC. Same policies, different rhetoric.

      This is why Arizona took matters into their own hands.

      • NewfornatSux says:

        Even the pro-amnesty Bush Admin modified it’s no-match letters to say stop employment until this is fixed. This would have made EVerify unnecessary. A federal judge stopped them.

  16. orion3014 says:

    I think checking out other nations laws/policies re: illegal immigration would be a good way to get a measure of how bad ours are…

    • pedro says:

      Right now, the US immigration laws are as useful as those of any latin american country. Or as useful as a playboy for Dallas

  17. Mexicretin says:

    Mexicans even got a whiff of the Democrats spend, spend, spend, plans.

    AMF!

  18. GregAllen says:

    Of course, in c0nservative, fictional Obama world, he’s doing nothing about immigration and record numbers of illegals are coming here.

    In the real world, Obama is doing more to stem illegal immigration than either Reagan or Bush did.