On NPR’s Tell Me More last week, Tomás Jiménez, author of Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity, spoke to Lynn Neary about whether recent drug-related violence in Mexico is changing immigration patterns, possibly widening the gap between Mexican immigrants in the US and their family members across the border.

Jiménez finds that the economic crisis, not violence, is probably the driving force behind a recent decline in immigration from Mexico, and addresses anecdotal evidence suggesting that legal immigrants from Mexico and their children may be assimilating more into life in the US, while unauthorized immigrants and their children face an increased sense of “living in limbo”. Listen to Tomás Jiménez on NPR’s Tell Me More