[a]ll across Mexico’s ruddy central plains, most of the people who could go north already have. In a region long regarded as a bellwether of illegal immigration — where the flow of migrants has often seemed never-ending — the streets are wind-whipped and silent.
So there are far fewer people left to immigrate than there were the last time immigration reform was passed, and those who remain aren’t interested in moving. The piece digs into some reasons why:
The American economy is no longer flush with jobs. The border is more secure than ever. And in Mexico the birthrate has fallen precipitously, while the people who left years ago have already sent their immediate relatives across, or started American families of their own.
These are all good points, but another big reason for staying is that Mexico itself is experiencing an economic boom. And they have the political leadership to match: Under the leadership of reform-minded President Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico’s economic prospects look sunnier than they have in recent decades. The combination of an American recession, a Mexican boom, falling birthrates, assimilation, and stabilized family structures all suggest that Mexican immigration will slow to a trickle for the foreseeable future.It’s too bad, then, that the current debate over illegal immigration sounds much the same as it did in the 1990s.[Image of Mexican Flag Courtesy of Wikipedia]