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More recent data suggest that most of the movement is now heading back to Mexico, accounting for the drop in the illegal immigrant population. The Pew estimates come amid heightened attention on immigration in an election year where the fast-growing Hispanic population, now making up roughly 16 percent of the U. Since Arizona’s law passed in 2010, five other states — Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah — have passed similar measures. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington group that advocates tighter immigration policies, said the latest numbers show that immigration policies do make a difference. “The economy is worse but enforcement is also higher, making it more difficult for immigrants to get jobs in states like Arizona.