Illegal border crossing by undocumented immigrants at the Texas – Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in the last two decades according to a study by NY Center for Migration Studies.
The research shows that 2000 was the peak of illegal immigration from Mexico into Texas with nearly 182,000 undocumented immigrants crossing the border. That figure stands at just 55,000 for 2010, the year official figures are offered in the study.
The study’s co-author Robert Warren noted “We are in a sustained period of net zero growth that might bode well for the immigration reform debate.” Regardless of facts from this study and others the two Republican senators from Texas, Sen John Cornyn and Sen. Ted Cruz stand strongly opposed to most forms of comprehensive immigration reform.
The study attributes the U.S. economy and stronger border security initiatives as to the drop in illegal border crossings.
Research from this study and others shows that immigrants are leaving the U.S. in larger numbers then they are coming in, this is no different in Texas.
Texas has one of the country’s largest undocumented populations that is estimated at 1.6 million. Approximately 227,000 undocumented have left the state since 2007.