The topic of immigration from Mexico to the United States has been a hot topic over the past several years, and with the election of Donald Trump, the future of so many immigrants has been put into question. However, the details of Mexican-U.S. immigration are often muddled and misinterpreted. Immigrants who illegally made their way into the United States had to do so by traveling thousands of miles and traversing a desert that separates the two countries. It is no easy feat, and is a journey that is full of suffering. So why do so many people do it? What exactly is it that drives the flow of immigration from Mexico?
Mainly from rural communities
First of all, as we take the time to examine the specific causes of illegal immigration to the United States, it’s important to note that this immigration isn’t coming from the entirety of Mexico, but instead from specific rural communities in the northern part of the country. The immigrants that we hear so much about do not come from Mexico City, or other metropolitan areas. Many of these rural communities are struggling, badly, which is what has pushed so many to migrate. While some head further into Mexico, and towards the cities, many have also headed north to America. A major reason for this is that Mexico City is heavily populated (the most populated city in North America, as a matter of fact), and many of these migrants may not be educated enough to find stable work there. Continue reading “What’s Driving Immigration from Mexico”