More Mexicans leaving U.S. under duress

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Two hours were enough for José Luis Sánchez and his family to pack their most valuable belongings in two vans – items accumulated in 10 years of living in the Dallas area.

With his wife, children and their suitcases in place, Mr. Sánchez closed the door of his Mesquite apartment for the last time, sat at the wheel of one of the vehicles – his brother drove the other – and hit the road back to his homeland.

So ended his decade-long adventure as an illegal Mexican immigrant in the United States.

According to Mexican consulate officials in Dallas, some 400 immigrant families have told them so far this year that they're going back to Mexico and asked for transfer documents to enroll their children in Mexican schools.

Enrique Hubbard Urrea, Mexican consul general in Dallas, said it is impossible to track every Mexican who leaves the area. But he said the number asking for transfer documents at the consulate is on the rise.

In 2005, the consulate issued 162 such documents; in 2006 it was 199; and last year it was 270. At the current rate, more than twice as many people will leave this year as last, he said.

"There is no doubt the trend indicates that the number is growing," Mr. Hubbard said.

And it isn't happening only in Dallas. At the Mexican consulates in Chicago and Phoenix, too, the number of Mexican families applying for transfer documents for their children has increased.

So far in 2008, more people (752) have visited the Mexican consulate in Phoenix to apply for transfer documents than the total for 2006 (248) and 2007 (330) combined, according to officials there.

According to informal surveys by the Mexican consulate in Dallas, most of those wanting to return to Mexico cite the sudden scarcity of jobs, fear of deportation and uncertainty about obtaining legal resident status any time soon.

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Dinah

Dumfries, VA

#3778 May 20, 2009
sjr wrote:
<quoted text>all of which was money worked hard for,most likely from a job that any picky,lazy,and unwilling
"educated" american barbarian would probably not even dream of taking for the cheap salary another poor mexican took just to try to make a meager living off of,quit hating and realize that the majority of the people making all the trashy racist comments on this issue are people who have never even applied for the low paying jobs that are given to all those illegal immigrants for the exact same reason that most of you won't take.And yes i am an american with the mental capacity to understand need in many different ways and cultures.Many americans feed off these illiterate people until they get what they need and sometimes don't even pay them before giving them the boot and then turn around and call customs on them to get out of paying for there services;so who are the real leeches?Sounds pretty even to me,there are givers and takers on both ends of the rope.
American or not, you are just as ignorant as they are if you believe this crap. Yes, there are stupid people taking unfair advantage of foreigners. But even more YES we are laying out the red carpet for them and they are taking unfair advantage of it too. So there's enough abuse on BOTH sides.

“IT'S TIME”

Since: May 07

NYC

#3779 May 26, 2009
Dinah wrote:
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American or not, you are just as ignorant as they are if you believe this crap. Yes, there are stupid people taking unfair advantage of foreigners. But even more YES we are laying out the red carpet for them and they are taking unfair advantage of it too. So there's enough abuse on BOTH sides.
So send them all home and everyone should be happy.
kevin

Rockwall, TX

#3780 May 26, 2009
Tear your asses. Viva la Mexico.
maxicano hasta la madre

Dallas, TX

#3781 Sep 18, 2009
will u like it if we made all yall go back where your auntsister where from teaxas was mexico and we are home
strait

Dallas, TX

#3783 Sep 22, 2009
bUD, THEY ARE REALLY LEAVING BECAUSE THEY LOST THE JOB THEY HAD BECAUSE OF THE BOSS DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH WORK FOR THEM. sO IN THIS ECONOMY A LOT MORE OF THE ILLEGALS WILL GO HOME. But with a pocket full of U.S. cash. They will return in better times as they already know the way back.

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