Tuesday, January 10, 2006

More Women Are Crossing Border

From the New York Times:

No one knows how many people illegally cross the Mexico-United States border, trekking through the desert, hiding in cars and trucks, or walking through points of entry with false papers. But academics, immigration advocates and Border Patrol agents all agree that the number of women making the trip is on the rise.

Katharine Donato, an associate professor of sociology at Rice University in Houston who studies Mexican migration to the United States, estimates that as many as 35 percent to 45 percent of those crossing the border illegally today are women. Twenty years ago, fewer than 20 percent of the people crossing illegally were women, she said.

The increase, which has occurred gradually, comes at a time when anger over illegal immigration is on the upswing, especially in states near the border. Some of that anger is directed at women who have babies in American hospitals and send their children to public schools.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Women are the key to the birthrate. Ten men and one woman can have a maximum of one birth per year. One man and ten women can theoretically have ten births per year. This does not bode well for the anchor baby problem. Build the fence; seal the border!

1/10/2006 12:44 PM  

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