Greatest Drop in Undocumented Population in Modern History, Says Report

Fox News Latino, April 23, 2012

The number of Mexican immigrants living illegally in the U.S. has seen the biggest sustained drop in modern history, believed to be surpassed in scale only by losses in the Mexican-born U.S. population during the Great Depression, according to the Pew Hispanic Center study released Monday.

Roughly 6.1 million unauthorized Mexican immigrants were living in the U.S. last year, down from a peak of nearly 7 million in 2007, according to the report. The significant drop is a dramatic shift as many undocumented workers, already in the U.S. and seeing few job opportunities, return to Mexico.


Much of the drop in undocumented immigrants is due to the persistently weak U.S. economy, which has shrunk construction and service-sector jobs attractive to Mexican workers following the housing bust. But increased deportations, heightened U.S. patrols and violence along the border also have played a role, as well as demographic changes, such as Mexico’s declining birth rate.


Christian Ballesteros, who has been at a shelter for immigrants in Matamoros, Mexico, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, pointed to stiffer U.S. penalties for repeat offenders as well as brutal criminal groups that control the Mexican side of the border as reasons for the immigration decline. Ballesteros, who has been deported four times, was recently caught after hopping the border fence near Nogales, Arizona.

“The Mexican cartels are taking over, are actually being like the border patrols on this side,” Ballesteros said. “They threaten them, ‘if you don’t pay, what we’re going to do is we’re going to cut your head off.’ That’s the worst, the worst, the worst part,” Ballesteros said.

After his last apprehension by U.S. authorities, Ballesteros was sent to a detention facility in Las Vegas for 2½ months. He fears it could be six months if he’s caught again. {snip}


About 1.4 million Mexicans left the U.S. between 2005 and 2010, double the number who did so a decade earlier. In the meantime, the number of Mexicans who entered the U.S. sharply fell to about 1.4 million, putting net migration from Mexico at a standstill. More recent data suggest that most of the movement is now heading back to Mexico, accounting for the drop in the undocumented immigrant population.

During the same period, the population of authorized Mexican immigrants edged higher, from 5.6 million to 5.8 million.

Among the Mexican immigrants who leave the U.S., an estimated 5 to 35 percent are deported while the rest opt to go back voluntarily, often taking U.S.-born children with them. {snip}


Steve A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington group that advocates tighter immigration policies, said the latest numbers show that immigration policies do make a difference.

“The bottom line is that immigration is not the weather. It is something that . . . can be changed,” he said. “The economy is worse but enforcement is also higher, making it more difficult for immigrants to get jobs in states like Arizona. They are now making new calculations and changing their views.”

Other findings:

—Undocumented Mexican immigrants who have stayed in the U.S. for longer periods of time are now more likely to be sent back by authorities than before. About 27 percent of immigrants sent back had resided in the U.S. for a year or more, up from 6 percent in 2005.


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  • Pew Hispanic releases a dubious report about illegal Mexicans returning to Mexico the day before SCOTUS heard arguments on SB 1070, and on the same day that Chucky-Schumer holds a “Senate hearing” (i.e. a press conference) about the evils of immigration enforcement?


    • The__Bobster

      BBC News America made that point today. Why should the SCOTUS worry about SB1070 because the invaders are going home on their own due to the bad economy. Yes, they would like us to think that.

  • The timing of the report is really curious, it couldn’t have been better for Obama if his campaign had written it themselves. The internal working title would be “what can we produce to make white Americans think Barry is tough on illegal immigration without offending out illegal alien brothers?”

    • Southern__Hoosier

       Maybe it was written by one of Comrade Obama’s flunkies.

  • WmarkW

    So unemployment is unsolvable, because Mexicans grow to consume available jobs?

  • diversity_is_a_hate_crime

    FEWER DEM VOTERS?  That must have the regime in a real panic. We have a global emergency, because the racist Whites are kicking the brown people of color out of the global nation.  We must have more UN troops on the border to stop this shameful anti-Hispanic genocide.

  • sbuffalonative

    I agree that the timing of this article is suspicious.

    It seems to be an effort to make it sound as if our problem with illegal immigration no longer exists. Hence, we don’t need Arizona-style immigration enforcement.

    “The Mexican cartels are taking over, are actually being like the border patrols on this side,” Ballesteros said. “They threaten them, ‘if you don’t pay, what we’re going to do is we’re going to cut your head off.’ That’s the worst, the worst, the worst part,” Ballesteros said.

    This doesn’t sound like a long term solution. This is only a temporary obstacle. When circumstances change, the next wave will come.

  • Xanthippe2

    I sure haven’t noticed any decrease where I live.  I think this is just more “immigration isn’t really a problem” propaganda.

  • ageofknowledge

    Yet they still come in large numbers. Check the U.S. population clock:

    That’s a NET of 1 new international foreign worker into the U.S. every 44 seconds this month. Aggregate that for the year and it’s 717,202 of them displacing American workers on U.S. soil this year.

  • mobilebay

    Why do people insist on saying “undocumented?” The invaders have all sorts of documentation. Just so happens it’s forged, faked or stolen. We can also be sure that when the economy picks up, they’ll be as evident as ants at a picnic, and neither party wants to really do anything about it except reward them.  Washington knows if they stop the goodies, the illegals will move on and that’s exactly what they don’t want.

  • Robb Moffett

    So, if the illegal immigration problem is over, then no one should mind if we make E verify mandatory and end Anchor zbabies.

     then we can start focusing on the 125,000 green cards we hand out each month to foregn workers taking our jobs and the fraid that goes on in legal immigration

    why is USA importing Chinese to build our roads and bridges?

  • krak11can

    The fact is that birth rates in third world ( not everywhere) are dropping very fast. Mexico has 2.1 fertility rate (same as US), Brazil has 1.8, Algieria 1.8, Iran 1.7 and in many others rates are dropping fast. This will have serious impact on slowing migration movement in the furture. US may start soon importing immigrants from western and central Africa where birth rates are still very healthy.

    • Kurt Plummer

      >>The fact is that birth rates in third world ( not everywhere) are dropping very fast.


      NPI Population Graphs 2.7 billion Africa, 3.0 billion India, 1.7 billion China.  Whites Decline

      Mexico has 2.1 fertility rate (same as US),

      In Mexico, the average TFR is around 2.4.  In America, it’s -at least- 3.2.  Poor, dumb, mestizos, the unwanted effluents of their own society, come north to breed, like Canadian Geese.  And like corn through a goose, they strip our social welfare bare.

      Whites only achieve replacemet level reproduction by including Hispanics and Mulattoes that self-electively label themselves as ‘white’.

      The reality is that, we are now around 16% of the global population, down from around 30% of it in 1950.  In 2060, we will be roughly 9% of the population and, by 2100, we will be 4%.

      This is because the jet airliner and the ocean going cruise ship have made of our _controlled population_ psychology (the most beautiful thing about whites is that we DO NOT locust the environment) a victim to those races as populations who do not have any such internal controls.

      Which is why the U.S. will be ‘somewhere between’ 450 and 600 million in population, depending on how NAU and Open Borders turns out.  While the rest of the squallid planet will squat with over a billion per continent, sometimes by 2 or 3 times.

      When only whites, the most productive, law abiding and internally self-sustaining (socially as environmentally responsible) people have no numeric control over their homelands, they will cease to be able to control them.

      At that point, the social environment which we created for ourselves (low birth numbers = high investment in our children as brilliant, balanced, souls) will _fail_.  And become that of the locusting other races.  Without a suitable environment, our people will FAIL.

      And we will go from being the ones with the best chance to take the evolutionary next step.  To being the also rans of a global evolutionary arms race in which mediocrity buries excellence because excellence is too unwilling to look at humanity in the mirror of our own standards and see _how rare_ we already are.

      Robert Malthus would laugh at us, engineering our own destruction on the backs of breeders.

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