The University of Southern California's Dowell Myers has written an insightful essay on the future of immigration to the U.S. for the New York Times, taking in the steep drop in illegal immigration.
Myers, a professor of urban planning and demographer who has written extensively about immigrants' role in reshaping Los Angeles, outlines reasons why inbound migration may never return to the peak levels of a decade ago (a much lower birthrate in Mexico, for one, meaning less future competition for jobs there). He then gets into what assimilating immigrants and their U.S.-born descendants are going to do next: go to school, get jobs, buy homes. In general, join the American mainstream. It's a good read. Here's how it starts: