More Mexicans are returning to their home country than coming into the United States, resulting in a negative net migration that is likely to continue as Mexico’s economy improves, a sociologist said Thursday at a program focused on Latino issues in Sonoma County.
“If we build the wall, we’re just pinning Mexicans in,” said Manuel Pastor, a professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, drawing a laugh from an audience of about 600 at Sonoma State University.
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“Which I’m pretty sure is not the intention,” Pastor added in his reference to the border wall President Donald Trump has pledged to build.
Pastor was the keynote speaker at the fourth annual State of the Latino Community in Sonoma County program
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