Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mexicans Look North Toward Promised Land

Illegal immigrants detained before deportation to Mexico

Nearly six-in-10 Mexicans say those who leave their country for the United States enjoy a better life there, the poll finds. One-in-three would move to the U.S. if they had the opportunity and most of those would do so without authorization.

Nonetheless, the U.S. Census Bureau reported yesterday that immigration from Mexico to the U.S. is on the decline. In that regard, the current survey finds that four-in-10 Mexicans say they know someone who left for the U.S. but returned because they could not find a job. Even more (47%) report knowing someone who returned because they were turned back by the Border Patrol.

The findings were the result of 1,000 face-to-face interviews that examined Mexican attitudes toward migration and life in the U.S.; the campaign against drug traffickers; national conditions and the economy; national leaders and institutions; the U.S. and President Obama; trade and globalization, and daily life.

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