Imagine his surprise, when Trump-the-immigrant-basher, who happens to have married two of them, learns that the wall-to-wall Wall he’s promised would keep more hispanics in the U.S. than it would keep from getting in.
A new analysis by the Pew Research Center, using data from both the U.S. and Mexican governments, shows that, as well as being at its lowest point since the 1990’s, the inbound flow of Mexicans to this country actually is surpassed by the outflow – those returning from here to there.
Their report says, in part:
To calculate estimates of how many people left the U.S. for Mexico, this report uses data from the 2014 Mexican National Survey of Demographic Dynamics, [ENADID], and the 2010 and 2000 Mexican decennial censuses. Each asked all respondents where they had been living five years prior to the date when the survey or census was taken. The answers to this question provide an estimated count of the number of people who moved from the U.S. to Mexico during the five years prior to the survey date.
A separate question targets more recent emigrants—people who left Mexico. It asks whether anyone from the household had left for another country during the previous five years; if so, additional questions are asked about whether and when that person or people came back and their reasons for returning to Mexico.
To calculate estimates of how many Mexicans left Mexico for the U.S., this report also uses U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (2005-2013) and the Current Population Survey (2000-2014), both adjusted for undercount, which ask immigrants living the U.S. their country of birth and the year of their arrival in the U.S.
A Majority of Mexicans leaving the U.S. to return to their homeland do so aiming to reunite their families — many members of which never left Mexico.
Because hispanics tend to be very family oriented — many who’ve come to the U.S. continue to provide financial support to relatives they left behind — one could presume, though there are no apparent studies to prove it, that immigrants from south-of-the-border countries other than Mexico also have a tendency to follow their desire, and move back home.
That would, if true, say that people from all countries in Central — and perhaps even South — America presently are exiting in greater numbers than they are coming in.
And, as another counter to the oppose-immigrant rants of Trump and others, those who do stay — legally or otherwise — tend to make a strong effort to meld in, acclimatize themselves, and become involved members of their communities.
Parents encourage their kids to get educated — and take active roles in helping them do so, just as a sizable share of U.S.-born parents do.
(I’ve seen this dynamic in action, where the mother in a hispanic family I spent some time with, when I was selling life insurance, often was found, when I entered the house, to be helping her youngest daughter with homework.
(In an unusual twist, an older daughter in this household, still a teen, chose to leave her father, step-mother and sister in Virginia to resume life in Mexico, where she was born. She’d apparently met a boy there during a visit, and wanted to be with him. In next to no time, she was pregnant.
(I’ve had no contact with the family since then, but I remain curious how her life is playing out. Perhaps he had/has a good job and supports her well, and she could be living more comfortably than she was in Virginia, where she and her family lived in a small house owned by the sawmill where her father worked — nearly half an hour from the nearest store of any size or substance.
(A ‘country store’ a couple of miles from them offered basics, and little more.
(The girl who left seemed to hold herself aside from her Virginia family a lot. It’s possible — even likely, from the evidence — that she never really adjusted to life in the U.S. That certainly is an issue with many who come here for a ‘better life’.)
(‘Better’ is relative: To economic, social and comfort-level conditions. Central/South American kids who are brought here do not come of their own volition — they had no choice. They were snatched away from family and friends, often at ages (as pre- and actual teens) when ‘social change’ is particularly difficult for them to deal with.)
I can understand adults, too, wanting to return to somewhere closer to their families — their ‘homes’. Making a life for yourself and your family in a ‘foreign’ country is tough; I’ve done it, once successfully, once not so, in the U.K. I (and my first wife) did well the first time, until inflation ran up to 26+ percent, and we said we don’t need to put up with this.
We’d never intended to leave — thus try two, a few years later, but the still-poor economy there, job wise, and an illogical, corresponding rise in housing prices, caused us to give up after a year trying, really hard, to find a likable place we could afford to rent in several London suburbs, and to find steady work sufficient to support ourselves. (I had some freelance income from articles and a newsletter I produced, but it wasn’t enough, on its own, to keep us going.
As a journalist, I’ve spent time in a lot of countries where I had poor if any language skills. Blending in, linguistically, can be tough — as a lot of immigrant hispanics find here. So I have some idea how difficult it must be for Mexicans and individuals from other poor, Spanish-speaking areas to adapt to life here.
But still, they come. Not to rape and pillage the countryside, as Trump would have you believe, but to make a better life for themselves and their families.
It’s too bad the illogical immigration laws in this nation of immigrants makes it so difficult for them to do so.