(Memphis) New statistics show the weak U.S. economy has caused nearly 1.4 million Mexicans to move from the United States back to Mexico between 2005 and 2010.
Population means tax dollars, and according to that last census, Hispanics make up almost ten percent of our local population.
While the white and black population shrunk in Memphis, Hispanic numbers stayed the same.
Greg Diaz is a pastor and Latino businessman in Memphis.
He was born in Mexico City but moved to the US in 1988.
He says his story is similar to many other Latinos, leaving Mexico for job opportunities in the U.S., “They came because of that because they want to provide a better way of living for their families.”
The tough U.S. economy and housing market crisis is hurting many, including those who are legal an illegal in the Latino community.
“In Memphis there are first generation Latinos so most of them work kin the construction business and with the construction business being the way it has it has definitely hurt,” said Diaz.
According to the Pew Hispanic Center the economy, among other things like tougher border patrol, has virtually stopped Mexican immigration to America.
It’s also caused over a million people to move back to Mexico in the last three years.
Moises Bantona immigrated from Peru so his son could be treated for Leukemia at St. Jude.
He has several friends moving back to Mexico, “The reason is the economic situation. It’s very important. If you don’t have enough money for living, for food and rent, you need to go back. That’s it.”
Mauricio Calvo is the director of Latino Memphis.
He says stricter immigration laws have caused uncertainty in Latino communities.
Since Arizona passed its immigration law, 20 other states have introduced similar bills.
They require immigrant workers show documentation before they can be hired, “That only proves that we are here to work and if there is no work we will go back.”