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A study this week from the Pew Hispanic Center finds that for the first time in decades, net flows from Mexico into the United States have balanced out. According to the report, "the trend lines ... suggest that return flow to Mexico probably exceeded the inflow from Mexico during the past year or two." But readers urged caution in interpreting such a report.
Do the findings of the report mean immigration issues are improving?
Useyerhead: "It has slowed down, not stopped. Slowed down compared to what, the year 2000? That's a pretty high mark. Compare the current percentages to 1970 not 2000 and it is still way out of control."
Elevatn: "Regardless, it kills the right-wing talking points that illegals/ immigration are out of control and violence is running rampant. Reality proves the exact opposite."
Some had a bleak outlook.
8r1f0nt: "The dilapidated, makeshift fence in the picture is symbolic of our government's commitment to border control."
Others were skeptical of the numbers.
Ocity79: "It would be nice if this report was accurate, but I certainly don't believe it."
Do immigrants take jobs away? Yes and no, say readers.
goingtohe11: "This story is never told. When you are a painter or a carpenter and try to have an honest business it is hard to compete with someone who doesn't pay workers' comp. or taxes on their employees. Workers' comp. is 30% of what you pay your employees. Picking fruit is one story, but being a contractor and bidding for jobs against contractors who have illegals working for them is another. It has put a lot of Americans out of work."
Exrepublicon: "I am a union contractor and I get underbid by them also, but I still keep chugging along. My workers are way more educated and went to school for a minimum five years in carpentry, knowing the correct ways to build, and that's where they cannot compete. My workers ask for more money, but the work they crank out is far superior compared to the illegals. I will stick with my workers any day and so will most of my customers. Don't give up. Hopefully you will be able to beat them on quality."
The economy was the explanation one commenter gave, and another said this is the time to act.
DougHodges: "It's only because of the bad economy. ... As soon as the economy picks up ... it will certainly increase ... in fact, it's probably directly proportional to the economy."
jazzguitarman: "This is why the time to address visas and employers' needs is NOW. Allow employers to get more visas but only in areas where unemployment is less than 4%. Then fine employers on a per-illegal immigrant basis. Jail employers that are repeat offenders. As the economy picks up, if an employer really has a labor shortage than they can get more visas."
Think about our friends to the north.
Moncada: "You think the border in Mexico is unsafe? Try Canada, way easier for terrorists to cross."
A few were feeling pessimistic about the United States' future.
FreeDumbie: "Give our failing nation another three to four years and most of America will be trying to slip over the border into Mexico. ..."
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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.