Is Mass Mexican Immigration to the U.S. Over?

The Pew Hispanic Center, a branch of Pew Research Center, published a report in 2012 that suggests that the net migration from Mexico to the U.S. has effectively dropped to zero. This may mean that mass Mexican immigration to the United States has become a thing of the past, begging the question of why legislators even still care about immigration reform.

The reasoning behind that might be that if Mexican immigration was prompting the issue of immigration reform and Mexican immigration is coming to a slow halt, then there isn’t any need for immigration reform anymore.

However, the fundamental problem with that kind of thinking is that there are still millions of illegal immigrants in the United States (who are not necessarily of Mexican origin) and immigration laws as they stand now allowed such large numbers of illegal immigrants to reside in the U.S. in the first place.

Just because Mexican immigration is slowing, doesn’t mean that immigration reform is no longer necessary. And recent reports to this effect highlight a central problem with the thinking about immigration reform.

It was never a Mexican problem, it was an immigration problem. It’s just coincidental that such a large portion of illegal immigrants in the U.S. happen to be Mexican.

Immigration reform should be focused on the compassionate and humanitarian treatment of undocumented immigrants already in the United States and deal with any future immigration issues, such as providing more reasonable pathways to residency in the U.S. for future migrants.


What Mexican immigration problem?

The New Era of  Mexican Migration to the United States

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