Although there is no formal tally, Mexican consular sources say a growing number of illegal immigrants across the United States are starting to pack their bags and return home.
Immigrants hit hard by U.S. slowdown and subprime crisis
Illegal immigrants were able to buy U.S. homes during the boom years, either by showing evidence that they pay taxes or by simply presenting false documents.
Many of them took out high interest fixed-rate loans or subprime mortgages with a low entry rate that later rose sharply. Experts say language difficulties made them more vulnerable to being offered, and taking, bad deals.
And almost half of the mortgage loans in the hands of Hispanics are subprime, making them especially vulnerable to the housing downturn.