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Illegal immigration from Mexico to the U.S. is down. We’ll talk about the reasons why.

Deported migrants climb a fence at the U.S.- Mexico border as they prepare for the 6th annual Marcha Migrante, or Migrant March in Tijuana, a pilgrimage is organized to raise awareness on immigration issues. (AP)
Deported migrants climb a fence at the U.S.- Mexico border as they prepare for the 6th annual Marcha Migrante, or Migrant March in Tijuana, a pilgrimage is organized to raise awareness on immigration issues. (AP)

In the last thirty years, millions of illegal immigrants from Mexico poured into the United States, with big impact on the U.S. economy and U.S. politics.

It was a gusher: Half a million illegals or more a year, for years at a stretch.

And now, the gusher’s over.

Americans are still yelling about illegal immigration, and millions of undocumented workers remain. But the actual flow from Mexico is way, way down.

A trickle compared to the flood. The reasons are not as simple as you might think.

This hour On Point: what threw the brakes on illegal immigration from Mexico?
-Tom Ashbrook
Guests:

Damien Cave, New York Times foreign correspondent based in Mexico City.

Katharine Donato, professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University.

Roberto Newell Garcia, vice president of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness.

From Tom's Reading List:

This hour, we'll hear "Cancion 187" by Juan Gabriel & Mariachi.

This program aired on July 7, 2011.

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