Mexico’s president thanks California leaders for welcoming immigrants

08/27/14 Los Angeles Times

Enrique PeñaNieto 2Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto thanked California’s leaders Tuesday for welcoming immigrants from his country — even those who came illegally — as he capped his first official trip to the United States.

California’s policies, which include tuition assistance at public universities and drivers’ licenses for immigrants who are in the country illegally, are a “recognition of human dignity,” Peña Nieto said in a speech to a joint session of the California Legislature.

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on L.A. visit

08/25/14 Los Angeles Times

Enrique PeñaNieto 2Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto kicked off a two-day tour of California with a speech to Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles on Monday in which he pledged to make life better for his countrymen living on both sides of the border.

Pledging reduced wait times at border crossings and faster services at Mexican consulates across the United States, Nieto said he had an obligation to serve all Mexicans, regardless of where they lived.

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Mexican immigrants will move for low-skill jobs. No one else will.

08/06/14 The Washington Post

Migrant California vineyardRecessions are a big shake-up for the economy. Some places gain jobs, and other places lose them, and so people often have to move in search of opportunity. What economists Brian Cadena and Brian Kovak found is that among low-skilled workers (those with a high-school degree or less), Mexican-born immigrants are unique in that they moved quite a bit in search of jobs during the last recession. Native-born low-skilled workers, in contrast, tended to stay in one place regardless of how the local economy was doing.

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From Germany to Mexico: How America’s source of immigrants has changed over a century

Germany_Mexico_locatorPew Research Center, 5/27/14

With more than 40 million immigrants, the United States is the top destination in the worldfor those moving from one country to another. Mexico, which shares a nearly 2,000-mile border with the U.S., is the source of the largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States.

But today’s volume of immigrants, in some ways, is a return to America’s past. A century ago, the U.S. experienced another large wave of immigrants. Although smaller at 18.2 million, they hailed largely from Europe. Many Americans can trace their roots to that wave of migrants from 1890-1919, when Germany dominated as the country sending the most immigrants to many of the U.S. states, although the United Kingdom, Canada and Italy were also strongly represented.

In 1910, Germany was the top country of birth among U.S. immigrants, accounting for 18% of all immigrants (or 2.5 million) in the United States. Germans made up the biggest immigrant group in 17 states and the District of Columbia, while Mexico accounted for the most immigrants in just three states (Arizona, New Mexico and Texas). Behind Germany, the second-most number of immigrants in the U.S. were from Russia and the countries that would become the USSR (11%, or 1.6 million).

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Why Immigrants Boomerang to Mexico

border2The National Journal, 01/17/2014

Mexican immigrants are returning home in significant numbers but it’s not mainly due to the tepid U.S. economy, according to a survey released Tuesday. Returning migrants said family and nostalgia drew them back to Mexico, trumping joblessness, health and other concerns.

A historic wave of immigration from Mexico has dried up in recent years. A 2012 report by the Pew Research Center found that net migration to the U.S. from Mexico had reached net zero and was possibly moving in reverse. There are several reasons for the shift, with the struggling U.S. economy and a plummeting birth rate in Mexico at the top of the list.

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Immigration Slows, Lowers Proportion of Latin Americans in US

Fox News Latino, 9/21/12

Immigration to the United States last year had its smallest increase in a  decade, and the proportion of Latin Americans among immigrants fell, according  to calculations published Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The calculations show that last year in the United States the number of  foreign-born residents totaled 40.4 million, equivalent to 13 percent of the  total population.

But the increase of 400,000 immigrants was the smallest number in a decade  and the proportion of Latin Americans within that group fell from 54 percent of  immigrants in 2010 to 52.6 percent last year, at the same time that the  proportion of immigrants from Asia and Africa rose.

A recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center found that the largest immigration  flow in history from a single country – Mexico – to the United States has ended  and the flow of Mexicans may well have reversed.

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In second Mexico vote, this time of migrants, Vazquez Mota wins

The Los Angeles Times, 07/02/2012

Josefina Vázquez Mota

The tiny but closely watched migrant segment of the Mexican electorate voted firmly for Josefina Vazquez Mota of the governing National Action Party (PAN), an opposite result to her third-place showing in the national race.

The results announced Monday by the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) also showed a 23% increase in voter-abroad participation over the 2006 election, the first time Mexicans living abroad had the right to vote.

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