why have Mexicans stopped coming to the U.S.?

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why have Mexicans stopped coming to the U.S.?

  • (image via Wikimedia Commons) For a number of reasons, hundreds of thousands of would-be immigrants from Mexico are choosing to stay home, leading to an unprecedented drop in Mexican migration to the U.S.
  • (Getty/John Moore) “No one wants to hear it, but the flow has already stopped.” --Douglas S. Massey, co-director of the Mexican Migration Project, Princeton University
  • (Getty/John Moore) Until recently, 6 out of every 10 undocumented immigrants to the U.S. were Mexican.
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  • (Getty/John Moore) According to U.S. Census figures, less than 100,000 undocumented immigrants settled in the U.S. in 2010, down from about 525,000 every year between 2000 to 2004.
  • (Getty/Spencer Pratt) Increased drug cartel violence along U.S.-Mexico border cities, like Juarez, is one of the reasons migration has slowed down.
  • (Getty/Mario Tama) New economic and educational opportunities in Mexico have also led to a drop in migration.
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  • Harsh new anti-immigrant laws in various U.S. states have also made living an undocumented life more difficult, dissuading would-be immigrants from coming.
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