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Immigration from Mexico in fast retreat, data show

Census figures show that fewer people are leaving and many are returning as a lack of jobs in the U.S. and tighter border enforcement dissuade many who might have entered illegally.

  • Texas Department of Public Safety officers patrol the Texas-Mexico border near McAllen last month. The number of illegal immigrants crossing from Mexico has fallen, statistics show.
Texas Department of Public Safety officers patrol the Texas-Mexico border… (Erich Schlegel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
November 15, 2011|By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Mexico City — North of the U.S.-Mexico border, Republican presidential candidates are talking tough on illegal immigration, with one proposing — perhaps in jest — an electrified fence to deter migrants.

But data from both sides of the border suggest that illegal immigration from Mexico is already in fast retreat, as U.S. job shortages, tighter border enforcement and the frightening presence of criminal gangs on the Mexican side dissuade many from making the trip.

Published Sunday, November 20, 2011 10:55 AM by Zinnia Q.

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