LATINO VOICES
04/17/2013 05:48 pm ET

Mexico Is Getting Better, And Fewer Mexicans Want to Leave

An employee carries a Polaroid Corp. 40 inch LCD television to a cash register inside Wal-Mart de Mexico SAB de CV's Bodega A
An employee carries a Polaroid Corp. 40 inch LCD television to a cash register inside Wal-Mart de Mexico SAB de CV's Bodega Aurrera store in Mexico City, Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. El Buen Fin, Mexico's equivalent of Black Friday, when the year's biggest discounts are offered by participating stores, is held on the third weekend of November and will run through Nov. 19. Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Shortly after the new bipartisan immigration bill was released this week, one opponent, Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, said it contained "a fatal flaw:" the provision for a 10-year process through which some illegal immigrants could gain citizenship.

"It legalizes almost everyone in the country illegally, also known as amnesty, before it secures the border," Smith said. "As a result, the Senate proposal issues an open invitation to enter the country illegally."

Smith voices a common fear among border-security hawks: That any so-called "amnesty" or legalization plan will somehow spur more foreigners to make unauthorized dashes across the border. A recent poll by the Rasmussen company found that nearly half of respondents thought a pathway to citizenship would lead to more more illegal immigration.

But here's one thing that might allay those fears: Mexicans, who make up the plurality of illegal immigrants, are feeling better and better about their country, and fewer are interested in moving across the border.

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