Mexican migration to and from the United States changes across the years. As migration patterns change over time, so too must U.S. immigration policies. While Mexican immigration has caused turmoil in our nation in recent years, some new facts are clear:
FACT: Fewer Mexicans are migrating to the United States.
FACT: Fewer Mexican immigrants in the United States are returning home.
FACT: Immigrants from Mexico are parents to a new generation of Mexican Americans who are U.S. citizens.
These facts, courtesy of new reports last month from the Pew Hispanic Center and the RAND Corporation illustrate the state of immigration today. Although this data deals with Mexican immigrants as a whole and not just the unauthorized, it's a useful indicator of what is taking place in the unauthorized population.
FACT: More than half (55 percent) of Mexican immigrants in the United States are unauthorized.
FACT: Roughly three-fifths (59 percent) of all unauthorized immigrants are from Mexico.
The data reveals an emerging new reality:
- fewer immigrants are coming,
- fewer are leaving, and
- a majority of the unauthorized population has been here for a decade or longer.
These trends suggest that our immigration policies must transition away from the current efforts to drive out unauthorized immigrants with deep roots in this country. We need a more nuanced set of policies that help immigrants who are already living here and contributing to the U.S. economy to more fully integrate into U.S. society.
The Immigration Policy Center has a new fact sheet the delves into what Mexican immigration. Check out Mexican Migration Patterns Signal a New Immigration Reality so you can help others with immigration facts, not figures from bygone years.
Source: Immigration Policy Center