Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Deportees staying away because of recession?

NPR's Morning Edition is doing a very interesting series this week about the US-Mexico border. This morning, the show discussed the fact that many undocument immigranted that are deported back to Mexico decide not to try to return to the US. Their reasons include the lack of jobs and the increased danger and difficuly in crossing the border. The show says "In the past, many of these migrants would immediately try to cross back into U.S. But now, with the economic downturn and beefed-up security measures along the border, an increasing number are saying it's not worth the trouble. "

One immigrant aid agency in Nogales, Mexico (at the Arizona border), states that it helped 689 people return to their Mexican homes in 2007, but has helped 6,000 in 2008 so far.

The series continues for the rest of this week: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=97467703

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