The unlawful flow of Mexican immigrants into the U.S. continues to slow, and the nation's illegal immigrant population is down by nearly 1 million people, the Pew Hispanic Center said in a report released today, reports the Dallas Morning News.
But Texas didn't show a decline in the most recent period of study, 2007 to 2009. Instead it showed an increase of 200,000, which the reports' authors said was not statistically significant.
The report by the Pew Hispanic Center avoids naming causes for the contraction to 11.1 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. But it notes that the recession and tougher immigration enforcement paralleled a trend that "represents the first significant reversal in the growth of this population over the past two decades."