-Mexicans are the largest and most rapidly growing American minority group; in 2000, they accounted for more than a quarter of the U.S. foreign-born population. The numbers of Mexican immigrants to Canada have also been growing steadily since the 1960s. For over two centuries, higher wages and job opportunities available in the United States and Canada have attracted Mexicans. Naturalization regulations have attempted to regulate the massive flow of immigrants, although many Mexicans have skirted the law by entering the U.S without legal immigrant status. There are grave dangers facing Mexicans illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, however, and limited rights granted to those who successfully enter the country. Government organizations work to prevent illegal migration, while political groups continually advocate for the rights of legal and undocumented immigrants from Mexico. The leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico face great challenges in the decades ahead. They hope to ensure that Mexican immigrants do not burden federal budgets, but that they also receive all the opportunities that they deserve in their new homeland.
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