Illegal Immigrants Returning to Mexico in Record Numbers

*Oh, well ;)*

DALLAS — Illegal immigrants are returning home to Mexico in numbers not seen for decades — and the Mexican government may have to deal with a crush on its social services and lower wages once the immigrants arrive.

The Mexican Consulate’s office in Dallas is seeing increasing numbers of Mexican nationals requesting paperwork to go home for good, especially parents who want to know what documentation they’ll need to enroll their children in Mexican schools.

“Those numbers have increased percentage-wise tremendously,” said Enrique Hubbard, the Mexican consul general in Dallas. “In fact, it’s almost 100 percent more this year than it was the previous two years.”

The illegal immigrant population in the U.S. has dropped 11 percent since August of last year, according to the Center for Immigration Studies. Its research shows 1.3 million illegal immigrants have returned to their home countries.

Some say illegal immigrants are leaving because a soft economy has led to fewer jobs, causing many laborers to seek work elsewhere.

Others argue that a tough stance on immigration through law enforcement has spread fear throughout the illegal population.

“There’s no question there’s a variety of suggestions that people are in fact returning,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “Remittances, which is the money immigrants send home to Mexico, have gone down dramatically over the past year. Again, probably part the economy, but also part enforcement, leading to fewer people being here.”

Advocates for immigrants are disturbed by the trend. Albert Ruiz, an organizer for the League of United Latin American Citizens, agrees that more undocumented immigrants are going home — but says families are being torn apart in the process.

If a father is deported, Ruiz says, his family members in America are forced either to fend for themselves or follow him to a country where they’ve never even lived.

“So the mother is saying we should return home with the breadwinner of the family to Mexico, and the children are saying, I don’t want to leave, I’m a U.S. citizen, I don’t know that country,” said Ruiz.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon plans to help returning nationals by providing food, medical care and temporary shelter if needed. But reports are already out in Mexico that the large number of illegal immigrants returning home could drive down wages and put pressure on social services — the same concerns many Americans have with illegals living and working in the U.S.,2933,409221,00.html

11 thoughts on “Illegal Immigrants Returning to Mexico in Record Numbers

  1. Roof Pro says:

    Whatever. These workers are absolutely essential to the economy. There are many jobs that Americans can’t do and won’t do. Take the construction industry for example. The roofing company I work for uses Mexican workers for our jobs all over the country. Hey, their documents look OK to me. The bottom line is they perform day after day in all types of harsh weather and tough conditions. American workers can’t handle these conditions and they know it too, so they don’t even apply for these jobs.

    Why are you so upset about the Mexicans? Maybe you’re afraid because you know you can’t match the great toughness and work ethic they bring. If you ask me, all this noise about undocumented aliens is being made by a bunch of right wing hypocrites that enjoy the fruits of immigrant labor, yet want to build walls around the country. The fanatics need to get real.

    • Bastian Smith says:

      How come that in many country where there is no illegal immigration, they do find people to work for roofing company ?
      It is because they give good conditions and very good wage ! So your Mexican friends just get the wages and conditions down, it is this simple. For example in most northern European country, you work 2 or 3 days a week to limit your exposition to tar. You do other work for the rest of your 35 hours week.
      For sure, I will never apply for an American roofing company, I am not a slave ! I deserve a decent life in MY COUNTRY. We made our country for our children, let the Mexican do the same in they country or come legally to USA or any other country. Crossing illegally a border is a crime, send those criminals back where they came from !

  2. I am not afraid of mexicans…

    First of all, they are ILLEGAL, dumbass. Do you know what the word ILLEGAL means?

    Look it up, if you are so inclined.

    Your comment is mere tartuffery. Hire Americans. You are doing the USA a disservice…

    You might work with them, but do you have any clue what it is to LIVE around them? Well, I do…and trust me, it is NOT a pleasant experience.

    My grandparents came from Sweden. You know what? They didn’t know a bit of English…they learned it within two years and opened up a successful business. Why can’t the Mexicans do that?

    You, sir, are a first-class tool.

  3. Mark says:

    Have to agree with HL’s reply; because she’s right, plain and simple. The bottom line remains that these folks from Mexico and elsewhere are here illegally; end of story.

    They need to get in line like everyone else and wait their turn.

    They ARE NOT indispensable. American wheeler-dealer businessmen certainly want to take advantage of them — as a source of cheap labor; but even without one Mexican there are still plenty of American workers who need jobs at a decent wage.

    Corporations, however, don’t want to pay decent wages — they just want to maximize their profits; regardless of how much they hurt our country.

    We need to secure our borders; and then deport every single illegal alien — back from whence they came; and they can then get in line.

    This is just one issue that needs dealt with here in America; there are many others — but right now Americans don’t have either the guts or will to stand up and say “No more”!!!!

  4. madame curie says:


    The reason your Swedish grandparents had a successful transformation into American society was LIKELY because of a different political climate re: immigration during that era. Immigration became much tougher over the past few decades and even more so since 9-11. I myself would not likely make the grade for legal immigration now as opposed to when i got my legal status in the 70’s thanks to my European parents (also we lived near, schooled, and worked with Mexicans, which was just fine) I would probably try to find a way to stay here even if it was illegal.

    Regarding Mexicans opening businesses compared to yr grandparents experience, I find this is a moot point, we all know despite electing a black president society still bases some hiring and getting a leg up on the job ladder by the color of your skin and where you come from, not just how perfect your English is. Mexicans and other immigrants of color will not be as easily accepted into the workforce or as business owners beyond their stereotyped job descriptions, and most are doing what they do because it pays without a social security card (fyi many illegal immigrants actually pay taxes despite this). Its hard to open a legal business as an illegal immigrant, again disproving your point about being unsuccessful business owners by nationality, that is just straight up racism.
    Europeans on the other hand have an easier time as they are considered more cosmopolitan because of their first world background, you are comparing apples and oranges in the eyes of general society.

    I have noticed that the majority of your blog subjects are simply cut and pasted from articles you have selected to represent your personal views, which I find simplistic and uncreative. Often they are headed with as little as 2 words and an emoticon ;). If you really are running an interesting political blog then why don’t you spend some time writing a little more, perhaps prefacing it with why you consider these articles significant or truth.

    Many of your comments are a little immature at times with name calling, when people disagree with you eg “dumbass”, if you’d like your points taken seriously then I suggest behaving a bit more diplomatic, maybe illustrating your rebuttal with more than links. Also “tartuffery” is a little over used, especially when it seems people are actually commenting on something they believe in rather than being a devils advocate.

    The article you copied and pasted about immigrants being vaccinated against HPV makes me wonder, it contradicts your views on the vaccine, or does it? I can’t tell because you just put 2 words of your own at the top of the article, and just copied and pasted the rest of the post. But thats a whole other kettle of fish your regarding your war on the HPV vaccine, which again I find odd considering you have no medical back ground, its fine to question it, but to state as fact over and over with no medical knowledge is a huge gamble, if you were a reputable medical or political journalist then maybe i would give you more credit but so far you are proving to be merely a reposter. You could be criticizing something that will transform the medical field and society in a monumental way, much like the vaccines that have come before. Do you want that burden? after all if this can save women a lot of pain and anguish after developing HPV and prevent the persistent precancerous stages that many (of all ages) experience not to mention the lives of those who then develop cancer as a result, do you want to contribute to hindering its success?

    In general i find many of your posts interesting topics from other places but absent of intellectual debate nor additional accurate factual knowledge is presented beyond it. Some are just plain gaga.

  5. Thanks for your comments, Madame Curie. I post things that are outside the mainstream. I have written a few essays myself, if you go under the essays tab. I don’t really mind if you find me boring, unintelligent or uninteresting, or as you believe, “gaga.” Keep in mind there are many types of individuals that make up the world. I might disagree with you, but I will fight for your right to say it…

    As for my lack of a medical background, that isn’t entirely accurate. First of all, I did work in the medical field for several years. I also watched my father in his fight with cancer. He was told that he would die within six months, but with natural, homeopathic medicine my mother and uncle managed to cure him. He avoided chemo, which essentially saved his life. Maybe that isn’t enough for you, but it certainly gave me enough for a lifetime.

    Things are subjective, are they not??? I have a different worldview than yourself. There are many that agree with me, many that disagree. That is life. I have lived all over the world, experienced many things, have cured myself from various ailments. While you might think I am some stupid idiot, I don’t believe I am.


  6. Paddy says:

    Screaming racism is usually the way a person loses an argument.

  7. madame curie says:

    Paddy: thats an informative and insightful lengthy rebuttal, you are completely right about screaming racism.
    “My grandparents came from Sweden. You know what? They didn’t know a bit of English…they learned it within two years and opened up a successful business. Why can’t the Mexicans do that?”
    Well, the “why” is what i addressed, but its WHAT was suggested that is screaming racism. She basically said Mexicans can’t do what the Swedes could in 2 years (*in America) i guess that would mean there are no businesses in Mexico? things just buy and sell involuntarily. Mexico is a third world country Sweden and America are not. Sweden is actually very prosperous, historically much from a wealth of natural resources pushing it forward economically, now with Ikea. Everyone loves their wealthy cousins. Crossing borders is not as tricky for them as Mexicans. This does not make Mexicans bad citizens, nor does it make the illegal mexicans or other immigrants bad either. Mexicans are some of the hardest workers i have ever come across. Many will do jobs that are crappy and have poor conditions because thats all that is available to them which is where they can get taken advantage of.

    On the contrary I do not find your reposts boring or uninteresting, much of it is very interesting, in a sort of absurd way, its what is added that I find minimal, as i said previously. often you post two words then a copy and paste, which doesn’t bring new information to the table as a much as your written opinion or interpretation would. I read mostly outside the mainstream myself i try to avoid nonsense such as the trite propaganda that fox news disseminates because i find it false and for the most part pure bigotry, but i like to pay attention to see what they are saying even though i hate their spin on everything.

    The gaga posting i am refering to is a specific repost of one Philip Jones regarding his absurd beliefs about the HPV vaccine
    “I believe the true motives behind this programme lie. To cause sterility and or cancer in young females thereby enabling a massive advance in the Illuminati’s depopulation agenda.”
    I read his post and its littered with incorrect facts about HPV, which i will adress there as opposed to here. he is very wrong. BUT more than that i was wondering what you glean from articles such as his, what about it that is important to you? or is it all of it? I question things from both sides, its the only way to maintain truth. maybe now you understand why i was curious about writing your own opinions on these articles up front rather than responding to the comments, or reposting for the most part.

    I am very sorry your father had cancer which he beat, that is a terrible thing to experience, i too have been through similar things this year, most recently my father has cancer, my brother has cancer in remission, and i sat bed side through a long horrible death this year, I would not wish that upon anyone. However i do not think that is a qualifier for expertise. Each cancer is different and i would not claim more knowledge of HPV after proximity to prostate cancer, bladder cancer and liver failure, but i might a little bit after i myself was diagnosed with HPV. How does this help you testify that that the vaccine may not be a huge benefit to society. Again we should probably have this discussion in the HPV postings.
    The point i am making is about fact and dissemination of this information through your blog when you are not qualified to be presenting it as fact when so much is at stake. It almost seems fanatical.

    I am curious (and not doubting you) but what area of the medical field is it that you were employed in? Research and vaccine development? Oncology? Most doctors do not claim to be experts on HPV when asked, they always refer to a specialist for these things.

    Finally suggesting I may think you are stupid is not what I am implying at all, misguided maybe. I am not sure if you know what my world view is either, how can you? i don’t know yours, I see from your blog description much about your lifestyle which sort of hints at… well your lifestyle, again if your interpretations of each article were more prominent then perhaps we all would know.

  8. Madame, I have written you an email. I hope that you gave the correct email address…if not, feel free to contact me on my contact page.

  9. George E. Arauz says:

    President alderon save Millions sending and pushing his people to cross the boader into the USA., is our problem , not his. Who are this people? Did Calderon Emptied his jails and send them here?, Just like Castro did in Cuba?.To Obama is great,I will be reelected next time for second time. I’m not the USA president I’m the world oder president, my ego is to big for just such small country like the USA There is not one single person in Washington that is not a liar. They will sell their souls for a good price. Bringing drugs from the boarder is the greater business ever, why closed?.Is the boarder States problem not Washington. Are they part of the USA??!! God help us!!. The all country needs a lesson, regardless how bad it will be.

  10. Advance says:

    Jobs Americans won’t do indeed. Have a look at the unemployment rolls, most notably the ones out of work for more than 8 weeks. Or worse, the ones whose benefits have run out. With just under double digit unemployment, there aren’t many jobs that Americans won’t do anymore. Illegals, who contribute nothing, are taking food off the tables of Americans who need jobs and actually pay their fair share once they have them. I’m glad to see them returning to Mexico to be a burden on their own society instead of ours.

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