Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

News Mexican immigration to U.S. stalls

  1. Apr 26, 2012 #1


    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    It appears that not only has illegal immigration of Mexicans to the US sharply decreased, Mexicans are also returning to Mexico in larg numbers.

  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 26, 2012 #2


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor

    My knowledge of Mexican internal affairs isn't brilliant but the opening paragraphs on the wiki page are enlightening and possibly relevant to this topic; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico
  4. Apr 27, 2012 #3


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    Which column is the real GDP growth rate for the US and which for Mexico?

    Code (Text):

    2006    3.2     4.8
    2007    2        3.2
    2008    1.1     1.3
    2009   -2.6    -6.5
    2010     2.8     5.5
    The recession makes a handy reason for fewer illegal immigrants, but the US isn't the only country to be affected by the recession. Mexcio has had a higher real growth rate in the GDP than the US for quite some time, but it's also a more volatile economy - i.e. the impact of recessions are amplified as well. I think the economy probably has had an effect, but I think it has to be more complicated than just that.
  5. Apr 28, 2012 #4
    Yeah, I've been reading about this too. Hopefully this trend will continue. There's too many Mexicans, Central Americans, South Americans, etc., especially of the unsavory gang-affiliated type, here as it is, imho.

    I'm very much in favor of any (state and federal) laws allowing questioning of Hispanic/Latino looking people regarding their legality.

    If they're not legal, then deport them. It's the law. And a good law, imo.
  6. Apr 28, 2012 #5


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    This is the part of Arizona's law that I have the most problems with.

    HB2162 made some changes to the original SB1070 that make the law less onerous. For example, under the amended law, police try to determine the status of people that are already stopped for some other reason - they can't just stop a person on the street because they're Hispanic/Latino looking. The amended law at least explains how a stopped person verifies they're a legal resident (drivers license, etc).

    The original version of the law was outrageous as written (and as signed into law originally), as it appeared that it literally did allow questioning of Hispanic/Latino looking people regarding their legality simply because they appeared to be Hispanic/Lationo - plus it left one wondering how a person proved the reason they had no immigration papers was because they were born in the US and weren't an immigrant.

    I'm still pretty dubious how this law will actually work in practice if it's upheld by the SCOTUS. (Not to mention that signing the original version into law and amending it after the fact created extra confusion amidst the firestorm of public reaction this law has created.)
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2012
  7. Apr 28, 2012 #6
    I hope you forgot to include the term "illegal"?
  8. Apr 28, 2012 #7


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    One would hope so, but the "illegal" part is often forgotten, regardless of how a person feels about immigration, minorities, or which political party one belongs to.

    Just one reason this issue carries so much emotional baggage and is such a loser of an issue for Republicans.
  9. Apr 29, 2012 #8


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    It may have to see with a decline in the rate of growth in Mexico's population:


    Their economy is better-able to absorb the growth, i.e., all things being equal (re: economic growth), there is less of a mismatch between supply and demand of jobs.

    From what I've heard, many Mexicans would travel back-and-forth; staying in the U.S when needed, going back home otherwise, until border control got strict, and then decided to stay here. I lost my source for this one; I'll look it up.

    And, yes, you don't want those Mexicans taking away those $3.25/hr-jobs, we're all after,right? You may want to consider the fact that, illegal-or-not, immigrants in small towns buy groceries, rent appartments, etc., which does help local economies. So it is not that clear whether the net economic effect is positive or negative.
  10. May 2, 2012 #9


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Yes I guess that NAFTA and the declining birth rates in Latin America, especially Mexico, have done more to curb uncontrolled immigration than any immigration policy or fence.
  11. May 2, 2012 #10
    I read this on Yahoo, I thought this was pretty interesting for everyone clamoring for jobs that these illegals took from them.
  12. May 2, 2012 #11
  13. May 2, 2012 #12


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Some long-term immigrants from Mexico took jobs in poultry raising, etc that many Mainers didn't want. Guess what?! The short-term harvesting jobs around here (broccoli, cabbage, apples, pears, etc) are already falling to workers from Jamaica/Haiti, etc. People who live here need to have some dependable year-round employment, so the short-term agricultural jobs go to people who will work long hours in the harvest season, earn their money and go back home. No harm, no foul.
  14. May 2, 2012 #13


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    Moreover, from what I have read, it was the Mexicans who traveled back-and-forth during harvesting time, until the borders were more harshly enforced. They then decided to stay here, since , if they left, they thought they could not get back in.
  15. May 2, 2012 #14
    No, there is a huge difference between listing nationalities and simply saying "illegal", even so, I disagree with such an assessment as it seem to generalize illegals as people from south of U.S. boarders.

Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Similar Threads - Mexican immigration stalls Date
News Mexican Cartels are giving the Taliban a bad name. Feb 21, 2011
News Mexican Drug War Jun 5, 2010
News House approves U.S.-Mexican border fence Sep 14, 2006
News Illegal Mexican immigrants. Mar 27, 2006
Mexicans, Indians and Rape Dec 30, 2004