Most Mexicans Not Interested in Moving to United States

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Public-opinion research of people in Mexico shows that most people there aren't interested in moving to the United States.

According to surveys from Pew Research, 61 percent of Mexicans said they wouldn't move to the United States even if they had the means or opportunity to do so.

Thirty-five percent said they would. Of those 1,000 people surveyed, only 20 percent said they'd move to the United States without authorization.

Pew also surveyed people from El Salvador, where most people said they do want to live in the United States. Thirty percent said they're move to the United States if they had authorization, and 28 percent said they would move to the U.S. without authorization.

Pew also asked people from both countries whether life is better for people who move to the United States. Mexicans weren't so sure. Although 47 percent said life's better in the U.S., 18 percent said it's worse, 29 percent said it's not better or worse, and 6 percent said they didn't know -- so you could say most people said it's not definitively better in the U.S. More than 60 percent of Salvadorans said life in the U.S. is better.

Despite this, people in both countries said there were huge problems there. In Mexico, 81 percent of people said crime is a "very big problem," 71 percent said cartel violence is, and 70 percent said illegal drugs are.

In El Salvador, 90 percent or more of the people polled thought all three of those issues were very big problems in that country.

Check out all of the findings on Pew's website, which includes many more insights into the issues facing the people of both Mexico and El Salvador.

UPDATE 1:21 p.m.: P.S., one of our colleagues pointed out, accurately, that 20 percent of Mexico is still a lot of people.

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Radames Morales
Radames Morales

Mexicans ARE in America! They don't want to come to the USA. Dumb coff!

logicman
logicman

If 35% of all US citizens wanted to push their way into Canada it would be a different story.  

Phillip Dykes
Phillip Dykes

Illegal is Illegal! Come legally, that's MY complaint! Who's gonna PAY for all these Folks? We are BROKE already, and the Gov't is about to CUT Food Stamps? Has NOTHING to do with Race, buddy! Just common sense!

robert_graham
robert_graham

Now isn't this good news. They should stay where they are.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

The headline seems to be reversed.  It should read "1 in 5 Mexicans would cross the border illegally".


Budda Loco
Budda Loco

Uhhhh... do you ever notice that only "brown" mexicans come here. Oh, if you thiink all mexicans are "brown" you are mistaken. It is a cultural mixing pot like USA, with whole white and black communities, bethem spanish, german, poliish, or otherwise.... but the brown people are mostly of Native decent. Because anyone that is born of a native american is treated like shit. Don't believe me, go to mexico and tell me how many white people are beggin on the side of the road..... Shame on mexico, and shame on America. We should be accepting to those seeking freedom and the opportunity to work and live in peace in a progressive society. They are not criminals, they are refugees, who are discriminated against by the aristicrocy and the caste system of their native country, and that is the reason that most all imigrants have come here...now if they lowered the fees and standards for becoming a citizen, the few that do wish to apply would be happier than shit to do so.... but we do not, in order for a Mexican national to become an American citizen, they must know more about the country than the people who are priveleged enough to be born here, and they must pay a heavy tax.

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

They must see how John Boehner and his special interests are ruining this country.

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

That's what they're afraid of. Not Obama's and Biden's land.

Cheri Ari Zona
Cheri Ari Zona

Could have fooled me, we're overrun with them in Houston. I know a couple of illegal families here that are bringing in tons of people to sit and wait for the amnesty law to go through so they can be here to get in line for the new blue card. There is no work for them, but they're coming. Do they realize they aren't covered under the Obamacare law? I wonder how they are handling the foodstamp cutbacks. It has to be affecting them right? not just actual US citizens being affected I would hope...I would imagine that once they are legally temporary citizens that would realize by having to work and pay taxes that they will no longer qualify for the government benefits. I don't know that being here with the new law is going to be such a benefit for them anymore.

Alex Tropp
Alex Tropp

Actually there is public health care in Mexico.

Alex Tropp
Alex Tropp

@John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt: Your own 'evidence' is refuted by the facts on the ground. "Europe is sputtering, pushing workers away. And while Mexico’s economy is far from trouble free, its growth easily outpaced the giants of the hemisphere — the United States, Canada and Brazil — in 2011 and 2012, according to International Monetary Fund data, making the country more attractive to fortune seekers worldwide. The new arrivals range in class from executives to laborers; Mexican officials said Friday that residency requests had grown by 10 percent since November, when a new law meant to streamline the process took effect. And they are coming from nearly everywhere. Guillaume Pace saw his native France wilting economically, so with his new degree in finance, he moved to Mexico City. Lee Hwan-hee made the same move from South Korea for an internship, while Spanish filmmakers, Japanese automotive executives and entrepreneurs from the United States and Latin America arrive practically daily — pursuing dreams, living well and frequently succeeding. 'There is this energy here, this feeling that anything can happen,' said Lesley Téllez, a Californian whose three-year-old business running culinary tours served hundreds of clients here last year. 'It’s hard to find that in the U.S.' The shift with Mexico’s northern neighbor is especially stark. Americans now make up more than three-quarters of Mexico’s roughly one million documented foreigners, up from around two-thirds in 2000, leading to a historic milestone: more Americans have been added to the population of Mexico over the past few years than Mexicans have been added to the population of the United States, according to government data in both nations. Mexican migration to the United States has reached an equilibrium, with about as many Mexicans moving north from 2005 to 2010 as those returning south. The number of Americans legally living and working in Mexico grew to more than 70,000 in 2012 from 60,000 in 2009, a number that does not include many students and retirees, those on tourist visas or the roughly 350,000 American children who have arrived since 2005 with their Mexican parents." http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/world/americas/for-migrants-new-land-of-opportunity-is-mexico.html?_r=0

Emanuel Gonzalez
Emanuel Gonzalez

By and large of the folks who do want to come to America, which thanks to your math, we know is the minority, would only want to do it legally. If you really spend the time to do actual research you'd find that the vast majority of those who come here illegally make up the most extreme of the poor in Mexico. These are folks who are literally starving. From what I hear from census info, about 10 million illegal immigrants live in the US. Now assuming the majority are from Mexico, say 8 million. You take that number and compare it to all of the population in Mexico, the legal immigrants, and Mexican-American numbers and you're just above 5%. Give it take a couple of percentage points.

Emanuel Gonzalez
Emanuel Gonzalez

If 39 million Mexicans would have wanted to come here every year, Mexico would have run out of people decades ago. Please think before keying in responses.

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

Mexico's population stands at around 112 million, so thirty five percent of that would equal about 39 million. If 39 million people want to come here illegally every year, we have a problem.

Camille Stodgell
Camille Stodgell

Stay home & bring all your friends & relatives back where they belong...We don't have enough jobs here....We have people living on the streets...Some of them are former soldiers....War Hero's....Such a shame....

Emanuel Gonzalez
Emanuel Gonzalez

At 1st glance I thought these comments were from grammar school aged children at best, but then I glimpsed at the glutinous profile pictures and was completely stunned! These are some of the same folks that voted in our senators, congressmen, and president. People, believe it or not, many people don't like our way of life. My grandfather was a U.S. Citizen who lived in Mexico his entire adult life. My cousin, also an American citizen, has no desire to come live here. My aunt has a Visa that she has used once. My grandmother refused to move back to the U.S. And preferred to take a hit on her SS retirement check. Many folks simply prefer Mexico's weather, food, and family life. Yes, there are some rough violent areas but it's far from being a majority.

Brad Bowhall
Brad Bowhall

and one look at the mess south of the border tells me everything i need to know about the corruption they'll vote for .... we have enough of that already

Brad Bowhall
Brad Bowhall

no,no,no, they don't want to be here LEGALLY . the minute they are legal , they lose their current jobs , cause the employers don't WANT to do the payroll tax / healthcare / unemployment insurance / ect. they don't WANT their income counting against the cash/foodstamps/wic that their household gets . they don't WANT to actually have to participate in the legal system that would actually penalise them for drunk driving , driving uninsured ,and such (because now they get released on bail and jose just changes his name to jos-b in another state until he gets caught again) ... they just don't WANT to be subject to deportation anymore . we did this in the 80's ... it didn't work then...it won't work now .

YerMamaSez
YerMamaSez

lol..it is a myth that "Americans" have to "pay for" illegals. THAT is right wing propaganda and it is nothing new. Racist right AND LEFT wingers have trashed talked Mexicans since forever. In fact, (off camera) Business-minded  Repugnantcans LOVE cheap labor that they dont have to provide insurance or health services for. 

And we are NOT BROKE. 

We are simply appropriating RIDICULOUS amounts of money to what they call "defense" but which is really the upkeep and propagation of a global empire.

If WE as a people are broke, it is because our govt rewards corporations when they off shore American jobs whether they be in manufacturing OR in tech industries. but go ahead and continue to believe the Repugnantcan rhetoric if that makes you feel better about it all. keep on scapegoating Mexicans and black folk and "takers' or whatever new term they invent to keep us all separated and unfocused on the real problem makers in govt, finance, and industry.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@SPAINDOESNTRESPECTU....THEN U HAVE 2 STAY IN SPAIN!!!!!BTW, CAN U TAKE  JAFFY WITH U, HE IS GOOD AT MILKING D BULLS. LMFAOROTFF. (3:DK

ENOUGHIZENOUGH
ENOUGHIZENOUGH

@Budda Loco Instead of protesting their own government they want to protest ours and suck off it's tit!  This is why they are not wanted here, it has nothing to do with skin color!

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@Cheri Ari Zona, have u ever think that u might b harboring "illegals". U and Jaffy r alike, since jaffy said something about knowing companies that hired undocumented workers some time ago. Have u ever think on pulling ur head out of that hole and realize that this is d year 2013. What this people care is about working, provide 4 their families, unlike urself, living out of foodstamps, possibly raising 3 or 4 kids..collecting welfare.....may I say , free raid!!! Perhaps all ur hate comes from having 2 live in a trailer, while some of those "illlegals" have a better life, due 2 their hard working...therefore they don't have 2 worry about"having to work and pay taxes that they will no longer qualify for the government benefits". DOPE.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Cheri Ari Zona Welcome Cheri. We need more people like you commenting here that are going to tell the truth. Let me warn you though you should prepare to be attacked because the libtards don't like it when good people like you tell the truth by exposing the real facts.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@Cheri Ari Zona  "They" were here long before your lilly white ass invaded their land.  

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@Sandy Gilbert  

If you do so illegally, you will serve a minimum of 2 years in prison before you are deported.

logicman
logicman

@Emanuel Gonzalez gets my vote for dumbest comment of the year.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Emanuel Gonzalez  

Speaking of "thinking", you might want to take a moment to consider the difference between "wanting to come" and actually coming.

39 million people "wanting to come" to the United States doesn't mean what you seem to think it means.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt 

Oh you mean the net ZERO illegal immigration currently?? 

JaJaJaJaJaJa
JaJaJaJaJaJa

@Emanuel Gonzalez People can lose weight but you sir will never shed your stupidity. Comprende Gonzalez Gonzalez?  Might be some inbreeding going on there, just an educated guess.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@Brad Bowhall, most of d time, when people talks shit like u r doing: "....they don't want their income counting against the cash/foodstamps/wic that their household gets...", is because that's probably what u r doing.

SPEAKENGLISHMUFUQA
SPEAKENGLISHMUFUQA

We are not broke?  The debt is 17 trillion, our defense budget is not the biggest problem.  We now owe more money to the Federal Reserve (a private4 corporation who we know nothing about) than our foreign creditors.  You sir are an idiot.

SPAINDOESNTRESPECTU
SPAINDOESNTRESPECTU

@dennis20 MEXICO SOLD "THEIR LAND" LONG BEFORE YOUR DUMB ASS WAS CONCEIVED TOO.  BY THE WAY AFRICANS WERE HERE LONG BEFORE THE POLLOCKS OF THE SPANIARDS WERE EVER CREATED (THE OLMECS ARE THE OLDEST KNOWN CIVILIZATION ON NORTH AMERICA).  YOU SHOULD SIGN UP FOR SOME HISTORY CLASSES BEFORE YOU TALK TOUGH LIKE YOU KNOW SOMETHING WHEN YOU DON'T.  IF YOU MAD GO PROTEST IN MEXICO SO THEY CAN SHOOT YOUR DUMB ASS FOR THINKING YOU SOMEBODY WITH RIGHTS HA!

robert_graham
robert_graham

@dennis20 Tsk, tsk, tsk. You don't like the truth do you. What she said is true. It's pathetic!

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JaJaJaJaJaJa, and you sir, couldn't wait to show Mr. Gonzalez that you are one of those folks that voted in the senators, congressmen and President. It's also obvious that you have never traveled outside the city you live in, thus, why even mention Mexico to you. ja ja ja ja ja.

GOSHOOTYOURSELF
GOSHOOTYOURSELF

@IdontRecall"most of d time, when people talks shit like u r doing" no civilized person believes an animal like you or anything you mutter is relevant.  Go back to grammar school and learn some structure, we don't take you serious.  Your mother must be proud.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@SPAINDOESNTRESPECTU, BWAH HA HA HA HA, SUCH AN IGNORANT. I WONDER IF U'VE EVER BEEN IN MEXICO. PERHAPS PEOPLE IS SHOT AT 4 PROTESTING & THINKING THEY HAVE RIGHTS AT THAT PLACE U COME FROM -PROBABLY TAKING CARE OF D HORSES....A TRUE SPANIARD HILLBILLY-BUT MEXICO!!  WHERE IT'S UNLIKELY. U NEED 2 STAY IN SPAIN PLAYING WITH D BULL'S HORNS. HOLINES, VOZ SOS UN CABEZA DURA.

SPAINDOESNTRESPECTU
SPAINDOESNTRESPECTU

@dennis20 ARE YOU ASKING ME OR TELLING ME?  IF YOU THINK YOU ARE TELLING ME I AM MANY STEPS AHEAD OF YOU SON. APPARENTLY YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND GENETICS OR THE REASON FOR THE NAME, ITS OKAY- GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND GET AN EDUCATION.  STOP RELYING ON YOUR SLAVE MASTERS TO FORM YOUR MIND.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@robert_graham, ur & her r such ignorants POSs. "what she said is true" say 1 prostitute 2 d other 1, ha ha ha ha ha. BTW, how is ur POOPER DADDY doing? lots of shit?. HE IS GOING DOWN, SSSLLLAAAPPP, BITCH SLAPPED AGAIN...SOON. THEN COMES THE CRYING.." I'VE BEEN DESCRIMINATED BECAUSE MY AGE, BOO HOO BOO......" WHAT A DECREPIT BITCH. LMFAOROTFF (3:DK

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@GOSHOOTYOURSELF, did it touch a nerve?, I guess that u r 1 of those cash/foodstamps/wic recipients, otherwise , why would u have 2 say something. GOTCHA !!!!! GET A JOB INSTEAD OF LIVING OFF D TAXPAYER'S MONEY. UR MOTHER MUST B PROUD OF HER TEACHINGS.

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