Magazine article New York Times Upfront

Mexicans in the U.S

Magazine article New York Times Upfront

Mexicans in the U.S

Article excerpt

As the Times Past article notes, early-19th-century Mexicans had little interest in heading north, to the lands they still call "El Norte." In fact, Mexico's inability to populate its northern territories contributed to the loss of those lands to the U.S. in the Mexican-American War. Since then, as this graph shows, the pull of the north has steadily intensified. Today about one out of every 10 people born in Mexico eventually goes to live--some legally, others illegally--in the U.S.

This graph shows the
number of Mexican-born
people living in the United
States from 1850 to 2010.
Figures include both legal
and illegal immigrants.

Mexican-Born Population
in U.S. (in thousands)


1850         13
1870         42
1890         78
1910        222
1930        641
1950        454
1970        760
1990      4,500
2010     12,377

Note: Table made from line graph.


(1) From 1990 to 2010, the Mexican-born population in the U.S. --.

a increased slightly

b remained stagnant

c more than doubled

d more than tripled

(2) During which historic period was there a drop in the U.S.'s Mexican-born population?

a the Civil War, 1861-1865

b the Great Depression, 1929-1941

c the passage of immigration reform, 1965

d the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 2001

(3) In 1990, the total U.S. foreign-born population was roughly 20 million. People born in Mexico made up -- of that total.

a slightly more than one fifth

b almost three fourths

c about half

d slightly less than a tenth

(4) You can infer that the Mexican-born U. …

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