In Indy, looking for political savvy on the ‘illegals’

So which is it?

On the one hand, The Associated Press reports a Mexican government claim that migration, mainly to the United States, has fallen dramatically, with fewer Mexicans abandoning their native land to look for work abroad as a result of the worldwide economic downturn.

The AP quotes Eduardo Sojo, who heads up Mexico’s National Statistics, Geography and Information Institute, to the effect that net outflow, legal and illegal, declined more than 50 percent in the 12 months ending last August. Fewer jobs abroad, fewer folks conniving to cross the border — net outflow down 204,000 between August 2007 and August 2008, from 455,000 the previous year. But wait.

Fox News says, “Federal immigration officials are reporting a surge in the number of Mexicans crossing the border to seek asylum in the U.S., an increase analysts say is due to the drug violence and criminal activity that claimed a record 5,300 lives in Mexico last year.”

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