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Is illegal immigration passé?

Immigration from Mexico is at a standstill and seems likely to stay down for a while. Continuing efforts to militarize the border will yield diminishing returns and take energy away from comprehensive reform.

Published: May 2, 2012 8:00 am By: Los Angeles Times

"The number of immigrants coming illegally to the United States has been declining for several years. Demographers have repeatedly said as much, and now a report by the Pew Hispanic Center confirms it — illegal migration from Mexico is virtually at a standstill. Last year, about 6.1 million Mexicans were illegally in the country, down from a high of 7 million in 2007.

What accounts for the change after decades of steady increases? A declining birth rate and solid economic growth in Mexico have led fewer people to leave home. On this side of the border, a weak economy has made the U.S. less appealing for job seekers; and tougher border security has made the treacherous journey too expensive and dangerous for most, according to the report."

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