Mexicans Are No Longer the Majority of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population, Analysis Finds

Mexican immigrants no longer make up a majority of the U.S.’ unauthorized immigrant population, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center.It’s the first time that’s happened since 1965.The analysis released Wednesday found that as of 2017, Mexicans make up less than half of all unauthorized immigrants and the overall unauthorized population continues to decrease: About 47% of unauthorized immigrants are Mexican. The unauthorized population now stands at around 10.5 million, down from a high of 12.2 million in 2007. Mexicans make up about 4.9 million of that total and other nationalities make up 5.5 million. It’s yet another sign that the great Mexican migration has ended, due in large part to an improving Mexican economy and many Mexicans simply wanting to return home.The Pew Research Center estimates that close to 16.3 million Mexicans moved to the U.S. between 1965 and 2015. That wave of migration has helped steady Texas’ growth rate enough to replenish the workforce.  Continue reading...

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