While immigration reform efforts in Washington have been stymied by partisan politics, the pattern of movement between the United States and Mexico is changing on its own. The organization Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT) released the results of a study that reveal surprising reasons for the emergence of this new trend in migration. MATT’s Executive Director, Aracely Garcia-Granados provides highlights from the findings.
This report is part of a series on Latin American immigrant civic and political participation that looks at eight cities around the United States: Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Fresno, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Omaha, NE; Tucson, AZ; and Washington, DC. The reports on each city describe the opportunities and barriers that Latino immigrants face in participating as civic and political actors in cities around the United States.
Andrew Selee of the Wilson Center noted that we might see a return of circular migration, which would benefit Mexican communities. "Now people who go to the US without documents know that returning to Mexico ends their options so they stay in the US. With visa options, they may choose to come and go again."
The Mexico Institute's Chris Wilson provides commentary on President-elect Peña Nieto's vision for Mexico's economic future
If Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, the world’s most wanted drug suspect, were to be captured before the Presidential elections, views of current President Calderón would be better, which would in turn help the PAN candidate.
Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center, discusses the Mexico-US relationship.
The Mexico Institute's 2006-2007 Annual Report is available here.