The growing economic crisis, along with mounting crackdowns, is forcing many illegal immigrants from Mexico to head back to their native country, according to new reports.
The number of Mexican workers leaving the U.S. to go back home is on the rise with many of them disillusioned after their "American dream" did not come true.
Many of their stories are similar: When the economy took a dive, their employers began demanding proper work documents. As a result, many of those who were undocumented immigrants returned home to Mexico.
The Pew Hispanic Center said earlier this month that the size of the illegal immigrant population in the United States, which grew by two-fifths since 2000, appears to have leveled off in the last year.
"This is the first time in almost a decade that the number of unauthorized foreigners in the United States has started to drop rather than increase," Philip Martin, a professor at the University of California, Davis, told Reuters.
Mexican officials have even said that their people are coming home and predicts that the economic slowdown could soon open up a floodgate of returnees.
Amalia Garcia, governor of the north-central state of Zacatecas, has requested 7 billion pesos –– more than half a billion dollars –– from the Mexican federal government to provide aid to returning immigrants, according to Reuters.