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Wall Street Journal says immigration slowed sharply in recent years
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The Wall Street Journal published an article this week citing a Pew Research Center study that the number of illegal immigrants entering the United States had slowed dramatically in the last two years compared with the beginning of the decade.

??The influx of illegal immigrants plunged to an estimated 300,000 annually between March 2007 and 2009, from 850,000 a year between March 2000 and March 2005, according to new study released Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research group.??


The article contains a preliminary debate about the dramatic drop in immigrants, quickly dismissing increased border security as having any major impact. The leading factor cited, not surprisingly, is the economy.
The mortgage crisis and ensuing economic slump have slashed jobs in construction, tourism and other sectors that are the mainstay for low-skilled Latin Americans. Immigrants already in the U.S. are struggling, and word of their hardship is dissuading those back home from flocking to the U.S.

"People don't want to come now; they know the economy is bad," said Braulio Gonzalez from Guatemala, who has been scraping by as a day laborer outside Los Angeles.

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