The net migration of Americans to Mexico has surpassed the net migration of Mexicans to the U.S., in the wake of Donald Trump's 2020 campaign kick-off, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Americans now make up Mexico’s largest immigrant group, said President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, speaking near the American border at Tijuana. “A little-cited fact is that in Mexico, there are about 1.2 million Americans. That is, our two countries are protagonists of the largest demographic exchange in the world.”
There are more Americans than previously noted in the Latin American country, a large portion of whom is undocumented, said Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrad.
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City suggested an even larger number of Americans are living in the neighboring country. According to their data, there are more than 1.5 million U.S. born citizens in the country, including 600,000 children of returning Mexican immigrants.
The number of illegal Mexican immigrants in the U.S. dropped from 6.9 million in 2007 to 4.9 million in 2017, according to Pew Research Center.
The new data comes amid an intensification of Donald Trump’s immigration policies, in the wake of his 2020 campaign. On Tuesday the president tweeted, "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in."