Eight Forty-Eight Study Reveals Importance of Mexican Americans to Midwest Job Market The Archives May 1, 2009 As more and more Mexicans make their homes in the U.S. it's changing the economies of both countries. In the Midwest, low-skilled industries have been pretty much riding on the wave of Mexican immigration. That is just one of the findings in a report supported by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. This report describes demographic and socioeconomic features of immigration across the Midwest region. Rob Paral is the author and a research fellow at the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Law Foundation.