4/4/2013

As lawmakers consider revamping the U.S. immigration system, some are concerned about the possible impact of giving people who are living in the country illegally a way to become citizens. But others suggest such a policy is unlikely to cause a significant uptick in illegal immigration because birthrates in Mexico have dropped in recent years, U.S. jobs are no longer plentiful and crossing the border has become increasingly difficult. "It's a new Mexico, it's a new United States, and the interaction between them is new," said Vanderbilt University sociologist Katharine Donato.

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