Immigration from Mexico in fast retreat, data shows: Census figures from both Mexico and the United States 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.
“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. Mexican census figures show that fewer Mexicans are setting out and many are returning — leaving net migration at close to zero, Mexican officials say. Arrests by the U.S. Border Patrol along the southwestern frontier, a common gauge of how many people try to cross without papers, tumbled to 304,755 during the 11 months ended in August, extending a nearly steady drop since a peak of 1.6 million in 2000.”
S.C. Immigration Law Faces Legal Challenges: NPR has the full details on a civil rights lawsuit against South Carolina”South Carolina’s new immigration law allows law enforcement officials to ask for immigration papers if they suspect someone of being in the country illegally. It also makes it a crime to transport or harbor anyone who is in the country illegally. Civil rights groups have challenged the law, and recently the Justice Department also filed suit to block it. Immigrant communities say the measure is already affecting them, even though it doesn’t go into effect until January.”
Event: Wed, Nov 16th – “A Look at the US-Mexico Border Region”Also please be sure to join NDN/NPI on Wednesday, November 16, for a lunchtime discussion about the challenges and opportunities leaders in the US-Mexico border region are facing today. Seating is limited, so please RSVP today to reserve your spot. Lunch will be served at noon, and the program will begin at 12:15pm. All of this will take place at NDN’s offices on 729 15th Street, NW on the 1st floor.