Why Do Mexicans Come to America?

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Mexicans come to the United States primarily to escape problems in their native country, which includes a stagnant economy, high levels of crime, political corruption and widespread drug use. Mexicans enter the U.S. every day seeking a safer life and better job opportunities. Migrants cite drug trafficking and safety concerns as primary incentives for departure, and move to the U.S. with the hopes of living an overall better life.

Although many Mexicans consider life in the U.S. better, not all have the financial means to leave their home country. Additionally, issues such as legal authorization and family roots compel a large number of Mexicans to remain in Mexico. Some Mexicans move to the U.S. without authorization, while others arrive as legal immigrants. Mexicans working in the U.S. hold the largest number of jobs in the private sector, as they work primarily for healthcare organizations and construction firms.

Economic changes in the U.S. and Mexico result in a reduced number of Mexicans moving to the U.S. Additionally, Mexicans support the efforts of leaders, such as President Felipe Calderon, to combat drug use and related crimes. Positive changes achieved by politicians inspire more Mexicans to remain in Mexico to raise families and find work.