This morning I was surprised to read a report from Pew Hispanic Center that net migration from Mexico to the United States has completely stopped. Although shocked at first, I must confess that after thinking about, it wasn't that strange to me. With the obstacles that this country has imposed on my countrymen, it doesn't surprise me a bit that they no longer want to come to the United States or that, even after being here a while, they wanted to return to Mexico.

This Friday I am about to receive my "green card" and, although I am jumping of the joy because I will no longer have to renew my visa every now and then, I must confess that if I had the opportunity to return to my "México Lindo y Querido" I would do it without thinking, because I miss my family like you don't have idea. And although this country has given me many joys, since at a professional level it has opened many doors for me, I continue believing that my husband and I could also find happiness in México. And it is that, what "annoyed" me to live here is that the regulations to enter this country are getting more and more strict, so much so that several times my relatives were left without being able to come to visit me because their visa was denied.

But the "difficulties" that I lived don't compare with the obstacles that the undocumented Mexicans -who live here- have to face. Many wake up every day not knowing if they will return to their homes or if they will be struck with the bad luck of being deported to México. And those who are at the other side ask themselves whether they will be able to risk their life again crossing the border just to earn a few more dollars (because it isn't that they were well paid in this country either).

Against this background, the truth is that it doesn't surprise me that the number of Mexicans coming to the United States and those returning to México, as this study shows, has decreased and increased respectively from before. And it is that, while in the time period from 2005 to 2010, near 1.4 million of Mexicans immigrated to the United States and approximately 1.4 million Mexican immigrants and their American born children move the U.S. to México, the atmosphere was different in previous years. Like from 1995 to the 2000, when near 3 million of Mexicans immigrated to the U.S. and less than 700,000 Mexicans and their American born children moved from the States to México. How wouldn't my "paisanos" desist to continue living in the U.S.! since this country's government makes it more and more complicated to do so. With reinforced borders in matter of security, an increase in deportations, the dangers that entitles crossing the border and the lack of U.S. jobs born off the economic crisis, it is natural that, as this study reported, the net migration flow from México has fallen to zero and perhaps even less.

So it doesn't seem strange to me that my countrymen are beginning to choose to remain in México, instead of continue undergoing through the difficulties they have to suffer trying to live famous "American dream."

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About the author

Sandra Ortiz Juarez graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of the Americas Puebla (UDLAP) in Mexico. Sandra received her Masters in Broadcast Journalism from the Escuela Superior de Imagen y Sonido (CES) in Madrid, Spain. She has collaborated with various media outlets including TV AZTECA (Mexico), Libertad Digital Television (Madrid, Spain), AOL Latino (New York) and she is now working with Mamás Latinas in their New York office.

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