SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Thousands of Latin American immigrants, both
legal and illegal, are going back home as the economic crisis in
the U.S. causes jobs to dry up.
The flow of immigrants back across the border tends to be
cyclical, with many people going back home for the Christmas
holidays. But some authorities say they are seeing a
bigger-than-usual reverse-immigration effect this year.
Mexico City's municipal government predicts up to 30,000
immigrants above the usual number will return from the U.S. in the
next few months because they can't find work.
And Mexican consulates in California and Chicago report that
around 4,000 more Mexican immigrants than usual have already left
for Mexico City because of the economic crisis.
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