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Latest Census data indicates immigrants leaving California

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Newly released census data indicates that the number of foreign-born people in California is declining.

Steven Camarota, director of research with the Center for Immigration Studies, told KPCC’s Larry Mantle that the faltering domestic economy may be one reason.

Steven Camarota: “It does appear that the Mexican-born population declined quite a bit, so that tends to support the idea that lots of people are going back to Mexico. So there’s contrary data on this point. So I’m of the opinion that that’s right, there’s lots more people going back to Mexico. Obviously not everyone, not even close.”

Camarota’s organization supports limiting immigration to the United States. The census indicates that the number of foreign-born Californians dropped by more than one-and-a-half percent in the last year. Immigrant populations grew during that time in Texas, Georgia, and New York state.