Mexican Immigrants in the United States

Mexican Immigrants in the United States
By: Aaron Terrazas
Source: Migration Policy Institute
Since claiming the top spot among all immigrant groups in the 1980 census, the Mexican immigrant population in the United States has continued to outsize other immigrant groups. In 2008, there were 11.4 million Mexican immigrants in the United States, accounting for 30.1 percent of all US immigrants and 10 percent of all Mexicans. Over half of all Mexican immigrants reside in the United States illegally.
However, recent evidence suggests that immigration from Mexico has slowed in the context of the deep recession that officially began in December 2007 but started earlier in some regions of the country and sectors of the economy that are particularly important for immigrants.
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