A new report shows illegal immigration to the U.S. from Mexico is rising, a sign, some observers say, that the economy is making a comeback.
The report from the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at the University of Southern California says illegal migration from Mexico to the U.S. is once again increasing following a big dip during the recession that started in 2008.
The report factored in flows across the southwest border, repatriations, demography, remittances, employment levels of illegal aliens, and enforcement actions.
“Illegal immigration is a market indicator,” Roy Beck, CEO of NumbersUSA, a think tank that advocates less legal and illegal immigration, told USA Today. He said, “… this is basically another sign that the economy is picking up.”
Not only is illegal immigration on the rise, the report said, but the number of illegal aliens leaving the U.S. is decreasing.
The size of the Mexican-born population in the U.S. “has fully recovered from losses experienced during the recession,” the report said. “Meanwhile, unemployment among those migrants has decreased and labor force participation rates have held steady—a post-recession economic performance slightly better than for U.S. native-born workers. “