Immigration policy isn't just borders and fences. It's trade and aid, too.

Filiz Garip, professor of Sociology, writes in a Washington Post op-ed that "Immigration policy isn't just borders and fences. It's trade in aid, too."

“While it’s true Mexicans are not coming in large numbers anymore, that’s hardly thanks to President Trump’s administration,” writes Garip. “Since the Great Recession, more Mexicans have been leaving than coming to the United States, for reasons related to labor markets and demographics both north and south of the border.”

Garip writes about her research: to make sense of the factors that bring Mexican immigrants to the United States, she analyzed the largest survey data set available on Mexico-U.S. migration: more than 145,000 individuals in 143 communities in Mexico between 1982 and 2013. “My analysis revealed four groups among first-time Mexican migrants to the United States between 1965 and 2010,” she writes.

Read the full op-ed in The Washington Post.

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