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Mexican Migration Patterns Shifting

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on August 16, 2011

The Immigration Policy Center (the “IPC) recently released some data on shifting Mexican immigration patterns that could affect public policy determinations regarding immigration.

According to data cited by the IPC, fewer Mexican immigrants are coming to the U.S. over time, but fewer are leaving as well. Furthermore, a majority of the unauthorized population has been here for a decade or longer.

These changes are significant to overall policy, in part because 59 percent of all unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. are from Mexico.

The data was cited from a recent report by the Pew Hispanic Center and a recent survey by the RAND Corporation.

According to the IPC, “these trends suggest that our immigration policies must transition away from the current efforts to drive out unauthorized immigrants [who now] have deep roots in this country.” The IPC asserted that a “more nuanced set of policies” would help immigrants who are living here and contributing to the economy to more fully integrate into society for the benefit of all.

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