Recent Unauthorized Immigration
Drops Sharply - Immigration Law
October 13th, 2010

While recent unauthorized immigration has been undergoing a sharp decline, the
mainstream media is paying scant attention. Dallas immigration attorney Stewart
Rabinowitz of the firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz offers some relevant commentary.

Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 7, 2010 – The annual inflow of
unauthorized immigrants – sometimes referred to in the mainstream media as “illegal
immigrants,” or in an even less favorable light as “illegals” – was nearly two-thirds
smaller in the March 2007 to March 2009 period than it had been from March 2000 to
March 2005, according to new estimates by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the
Pew Research Center.

This sharp decline has contributed to an overall reduction of 8 percent in the number of

unauthorized immigrants currently living                                         in the
United States – to 11.1 million in March 2009 from a peak of 12 million in March 2007,
according to the estimates. The decrease represents the first significant reversal in the
growth of this population over the past two decades.

“You would think that this would be a major news story, and be getting a lot of attention
from the U.S. media,” said Dallas-based immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz of the
firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz. “But for some reason, the opposite message – that
unauthorized immigration is out of control and continues to increase at unprecedented
rates – is what anti-immigration voices in the media trumpet and what even so-called
‘moderate’ voices acquiesce to. Unfortunately, the reasons for this are best explained
as political and part of an agenda.”


The Pew Hispanic Center’s analysis also finds that the most marked decline in the
population of unauthorized immigrants has been among those who come from Latin
population of unauthorized immigrants has been among those who come from Latin
American countries other than Mexico. From 2007 to 2009, the size of this group from
the Caribbean, Central America and South America decreased 22 percent.

“Often some of the anti-immigration pundits and commentators will exaggerate and use
hyperbole to say that next to Mexico, many other dark-skinned persons from points
further south are sneaking in across the U.S.-Mexican border, although they will use
language a bit more toned down than that, and they make their intent well-known,”
Rabinowitz said. “What they are saying on talk radio tends to be thinly veiled.”

Lack of a factual basis fails to deter anti-immigration voices. The Pew Center’s analysis
also noted that the inflow of Mexican unauthorized immigrants peaked at 7 million in
2007 and has since leveled off.

T learn more, contact a Dallas immigration lawyer or Dallas Immigration Attorney at
Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C., call 1.972.233.6200 or visit

Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C.
14901 Quorum Drive, Suite 580
Dallas, Texas 75254
Phone: 972.233.6200

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