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Pew Center Says Illegal Immigration Is Down

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On Wednesday the Supreme Court takes up Arizona’s controversial Immigration Law S.B. 10-70.   Arizona contends it mirrors federal law and there isn’t anything controversial about it…we invite you to join us for the Morning News and share your thoughts on the matter.  In the meantime similar laws in other locales, a tough U.S. economy and tougher border enforcement have resulted in a decline in Mexican immigration to the United States for the first time in over 30 years.

The numbers have always been difficult to nail down but According a report from the Pew Hispanic Center, the number of illegal Mexican immigrants in the US has dropped to 6.1 million from a peak of almost seven million in 2007. The study also found that legal immigration from Mexico to the United States has flattened. Altogether, the total Mexican born population in the US is at 12 million, down from 12.7 million in 2007.

  Other factors, such as a drop Mexico’s birth rate, and dangerous drug violence on the Mexico side of the border have also contributed to the reversal of a decades long trend of increased Mexican immigration to the United States.

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