Who would have thunk it?
For years some folks whose ancestors also were immigrants unless they were descendents of Sitting Bull or Geronimo or Chief Jay Strongbow were more fired up than pottery over Mexican immigration.
Indeed, there may have even been one or two of those complainers in good ol’ Reading.
My, how things change. Next thing you know the dinghy will sink the battleship.
Mexican immigration to the U.S. is on the cusp of a historic boomerang.
More Mexicans may be going back to Mexico than coming in, according to a Pew Hispanic Center report today.
Data suggest that the return flow to Mexico probably surpassed the incoming flow in the last two years.
The influx of Mexicans, which has dominated U.S. immigration patterns for four decades, began to tumble in 2006 and 2007 as the housing bust and recession created a dearth of jobs. At the same time, the number of Mexicans returning to their native country along with their U.S.-born children soared.
Some factors likely were that Mexicans who came to Reading were appalled that the mayor and City Council fight more than Julio Cesar Chavez and that winter temps here, this year notwithstanding, are a tad cooler than Mexico City. Here ice winds up on sidewalks and streets. There ice is reserved strictly for drinks.
Granted, stricter border enforcement, more deportations and tough state immigration laws such as the Arizona statute being challenged before the Supreme Court on Wednesday probably also contributed to the shift, says Jeffrey Passel, lead author of the report. The study analyzed data from censuses and a variety of other sources in both countries.
From 2005 to 2010, 1.4 million Mexicans came to the U.S. — down by more than half from the 3 million who came from 1995 to 2000. From 2005 to 2010, the number of Mexicans who moved from the U.S. to Mexico rose to 1.4 million, roughly double the number who had done so 10 years prior.
No wonder you see so many U-Haul trucks on highways.