United States Census Bureau

Why fewer Mexicans are leaving their homeland for the U.S.

Why fewer Mexicans are leaving their homeland for the U.S.

To its southern neighbor, the United States once represented hope, safety and prosperity. But with the effects of the Great Recession still lingering and tougher enforcement along the U.S. border, fewer Mexicans see a reason to leave their homeland.

“There isn't much work because the economy there is still bad,” said Eleuterio Hernandez Hernandez, who for 26 years made frequent unauthorized trips to the U.S. from San Bartolome Quialana, a small city in the state of Oaxaca in central Mexico.

Though the U.S. economy continues to rebound, that hasn't always translated to into low-skilled jobs for border crossers. “There is no work for us immigrants,” he...

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