Analyzing an Analysis Piece

            The New York Times contains an article titled “Mexican Immigration to U.S. Slowed Significantly, Report Says.” Mexican immigration to the United States, the largest wave of migrants from a single country in the nation’s history, has stopped increasing after four decades of surging growth and may be declining, according to a report released Monday by the Pew Hispanic Center. One of the main elements of a news analysis piece is that the reporter would go in-depth of a recent study or finding and add context by including sources, preferably experts of the subject. The study or finding would pertain to a surprising trend or an aberration, and this article certainly focuses on an interesting development that goes against conventional wisdom. Since immigration reform is always a hot issue during presidential debates and in regards to overall civil liberties, this news analysis serves a purpose in adding new perspective.

The piece contains input from Jeffrey Passel, the senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center. He says that the country hasn’t seen such immigration decline in decades. A glaring statistic derives from the 2010 Mexican census, revealing that about twice as many Mexicans returned home from 2005 to 2010 than in the previous five years. In all, about 1.4 million people moved from the United States to Mexico in that time, the Mexican census showed. Another source that puts credence to the report and study is Steven A. Camarota, the director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington. Experts are essential to provide value in certain statistics and findings. A news story could simply just list the notable statistics and exclude any sources that are informed about the trend. However, the Times is keen on rendering this issue on immigration as interesting to all Americans.

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