For the first time in decades -- maybe longer -- more Mexicans are leaving the United States than entering it. From WaPo:
“I think the massive boom in Mexican immigration is over and I don’t think it will ever return to the numbers we saw in the 1990s and 2000s,” said Douglas Massey, a professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and co-director of the Mexican Migration Project, which has been gathering data on the subject for 30 years.
Nearly 1.4 million Mexicans moved from the United States to Mexico between 2005 and 2010, double the number who did so a decade earlier. The number of Mexicans who moved to the United States during that period fell to less than half of the 3 million who came between 1995 and 2000.
The trend could have major political consequences, underscoring the delicate dance by the Republican and Democratic parties as they struggle with immigration policies and court the increasingly important Latino vote.
It's the economy, apparently. Which makes sense, I guess. But what does that say about the future of the unemployment rate? Shouldn't it go down, with a presumably tighter labor market, thanks to the exodus of Mexicans? And does that make the "increasingly important" Latino vote decreasingly important?