LITTLE ROCK, AR - A group of Mexican government officials and academics visited Arkansas as part of a three-city tour of how the United States handles immigration enforcement. The group traveled to El Paso, Texas, and to Washington, D.C. before stopping in Little Rock.
The group met with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation to discuss a report it conducted about the economic benefits of Arkansas' burgeoning Hispanic immigrant population. Census estimates show more than 141,000 Hispanics now live in the state.
Members of the Mexican group said the U.S. is not the only country with border problems. In Mexico, immigration officials struggle to handle a growing number of immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras and other countries who seek low-wage Mexican jobs that have been abandoned for better-paying jobs in the United States.