Mexican Immigration Trends

Mexican Immigration Trends

Illegal immigration to the U.S. from Mexico and Central America has fallen. Diane and guests discuss factors behind the decline and what it could mean for the future of the U.S. economy.

For decades people from Mexico and Central America found a way into this country, some legally but many more illegally. In recent years there’s been a dramatic shift: the numbers of legal immigrants have risen, but illegal immigration rates have dropped precipitously. Diminished job prospects here in the U.S., a somewhat improved economic picture in Mexico, and the many risks associated with illegal border crossings may explain the shift, at least in part. Join us for a discussion of what’s behind the declining numbers of illegal immigrants in to this country from Mexico and Central America and political and economic implications


Steven Camarota

director of research, Center for Immigration Studies.

Frank Sharry

founder and executive director of America's Voice, former executive director of the National Immigration Forum.

Francisco Gonzalez

the Riordan Roett Chair in Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins' graduate school, SAIS, in Washington D.C.

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