Drop in Illegal Immigration due to Weak Economy

A new census data on December 6, 2012, revealed a major drop in illegal immigration after being on rise for almost a decade now, even as new efforts are taken toward immigration reform.  The overall net immigration came down as the numbers dropped from 12 million in 2007 to 11.1 million last year. Though studies suggest that law enforcement played a part, it is the weak economy that brought about the decline in immigration.

With low wages at construction sites and manufacturing jobs and low opportunities in housing and infrastructural jobs that attract large number of illegal immigrants, it tends to drive them away. In case of Mexico, the net immigration has come down to zero, for the number of Mexicans leaving the U. S. is more than those who are emigrating to the U. S.

Last year, a rise of Asian immigrants was seen who seek higher education in Science and Technology, while there has been subsequent decline in the number of Hispanics. The foreign-born population in the U. S. is greying and almost half of it now consists of people who are aged 45 and above.

Immigration is one great way to meet the demands for workers in the U. S. and it can only boost up if sufficient room of job opportunities are provided for the immigrants.


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