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Talking about the Border!

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I’ve been reading a few very interesting news pieces related to that subject ranging from immigrants to drug traffic and violence.

The last one I read (in Spanish) confirms what everybody knows already. Mexican immigrants are the largest minority in America.

The story also shares some important data gathered from a new study made by PEW Hispanic Center about the Mexicans living in the States. It points to the fact that Mexicans are not only the biggest chunk of undocumented and documented immigrants in the States, but also, that Mexicans represent the majority of those immigrants to legalize their status.

I think those facts are positive amongst the many negative stereotypes of the Mexican population living in America. The data confirms what both documented and undocumented immigrants fight for, legalization and their long sought goal of settling down in a country that has many opportunities to offer.

Here is some of the data gathered in the study:

- Total of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.A. as of 2008, 11.9 million.

- “… the Center estimates that unauthorized immigrants are 4% of the nation’s population and account for 5.4% of its workforce”

- About three-quarters (76%) of the nation’s unauthorized immigrants are Hispanic.

- The majority of undocumented immigrants (59%) are from Mexico.

- Significant regional sources of unauthorized immigrants include Asia (11%), Central America (11%), South America (7%), the Caribbean (4%) and the Middle East (less than 2%).

We’ll see if these facts will play any role in continuing the discussion of an immigration reform in the months and also, if they’ll be mentioned as part of President Obama’s visit to Mexico this week.

- Daniel

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    Daniel is our Mexico City-based editor and Dos Lives contributor. Contact him at Daniel[at]doslives[dot].com.