Despite all of Trump's overblown claims and racist remarks about Mexican illegal immigrants, a recent Pew Research study shows that more Mexicans are leaving the U.S. to return home than are arriving here. From 2009 to 2014, the U.S. has had a net loss of approximately 140,000 Mexican immigrants. In comparison to the 2.3 million net gain of Mexican immigrants between 1995 to 2000, the U.S. is seeing a complete reversal of a historical trend. This change can be explained by the slow recovery of the U.S. economy after the Great Recession, stricter enforcement of U.S. immigration laws, and a significant improvement in the Mexican economy over the previous decades. One reason for the improvement in Mexico's economy can be seen in their fertility rate. At a surprisingly high rate of 7.3 in 1980, women were expected to have seven children in their lifetime. Seen as the "replacement level" sufficient enough to keep population stable, the rate dropped to 2.2 in 2009. Due to this drop in fertility rates, Mexico's economy has been able to flourish. Less pressure on the labor market results in less incentive to more north. Combined with the struggling economy after the Great Recession, it is clear why fewer people were seeking job opportunities in the U.S.
What does this research show about Trump's stance on Mexican illegal immigrants? In fact, China recently overtook Mexico in 2013 as the top source of U.S. immigrants. Will this data effect the immigration policy of presidential nominees? If so how? Is a wall across the Pacific Ocean Trump's answer?