Monday, April 23, 2012
Ground Control to Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Etc.: Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero—and Perhaps Less
It is only Monday but the immigration news week -- including on ImmigrationProf -- already has been flooded by reports about the upcoming oral arguments in the potential blockbuster Supreme Court case of Arizona v. United States. Still, when it comes to immigration and immigration enforcement, people often think immediately of immigration from one nation -- Mexico. I hope that this Pew Hispanic Center Report (Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero—and Perhaps Less by Jeffrey Passel, D’Vera Cohn and Ana Gonzalez-Barrera) does not get lost in the news. It concludes that the largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill. After four decades that brought 12 million current immigrants—more than half of whom came illegally—the net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped—and may have reversed.