Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the number of U.S. residents born in Mexico dropped by about 40,000 from 2010 to 2013. Although it increased slightly in 2014, it still remains at lower levels than it was over the last two decades. In fact, some analysts even state that the number of Mexican-born people living in the States in 2014 could be lower than it was the previous year.
There are several reasons why migration from Mexico has slowed down. Firstly and perhaps the strongest argument is that the birth rate beyond the southern border has been declining steadily since the 1990s, resulting in fewer people coming into the workforce. According to data from the U.S. Border Patrol, there has been a decrease in the number of people trying to cross the border illegally, as well. Last year, only 230,000 Mexicans were caught while attempting to enter the U.S., compared to almost a half a million the year before.
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