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Illegal Immigration Dips After Decade on the Rise

According to census data released earlier this month, the number of illegal immigrants in the United States shows significant decline after more than a decade of increases, with an estimated 11.1 million undocumented individuals residing in the country in 2011 compared with a peak figure of 12 million in 2007.

Following record highs of illegal migration between the mid-1990s and early 2000s, the new statistics, which are derived primarily from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey through March 2011, indicate that economic decline, an aging population, and record numbers of immigrants from Asian countries have supplanted the Mexico-based migration traditionally associated with illegal immigration. In fact, new figures also show that fewer undocumented Mexican immigrants are entering the United States, with many of those who are already inside the country electing to return to Mexico.

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Nataliya Binshteyn Dominguez, global Immigration Attorney, Greenberg Traurig, employment-based immigrant counsel, compliance audit lawyer, corporate restructuring law

Nataliya Binshteyn Dominguez focuses her practice on global business immigration matters. She advises corporate and individual clients in a variety of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant cases. She advises corporations on Form I-9 and E-Verify employment verification matters, including compliance audits, due diligence for corporate restructuring, and immigration-related defense in connection with worksite enforcement investigations. Nataliya also conducts Form I-9 and E-Verify trainings and frequently authors articles regarding immigration compliance issues. She...