How would immigration reform affect illegal immigration?

As lawmakers consider revamping the U.S. immigration system, some are concerned about the possible impact of giving people who are living in the country illegally a way to become citizens. But others suggest such a policy is unlikely to cause a significant uptick in illegal immigration because birthrates in Mexico have dropped in recent years, U.S. jobs are no longer plentiful and crossing the border has become increasingly difficult. "It's a new Mexico, it's a new United States, and the interaction between them is new," said Vanderbilt University sociologist Katharine Donato.

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