Immigration Law Blog


Declining Numbers of Immigrants from Mexico Entering U.S.

While immigration remains one of the most controversial topics in politics today—and is sure to spur heated debates in the 2016 presidential race—the number of undocumented immigrants from Mexico entering the U.S. has actually declined, not increased, in recent years.

Immigration By the Numbers

Peak years for immigrants entering the United States from Mexico were from 2003 to 2007, according to data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. During those years, approximately 1.9 million undocumented Mexicans immigrated to the U.S. In contrast, the years between 2008 and 2012 saw a 57 percent decrease; a total of 819,000 people entered the U.S. from Mexico during those years.

Why the decline?

The decline in immigration is explained by a variety of factors, including a falling birth rate in Mexico, a growing economy in Mexico—providing more jobs in country, and a decline in available construction jobs in the U.S. In regards to the former, the average woman was giving birth to an average of seven babies in Mexico in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, the birth rate has declined to a similar number to the U.S birth rate (1.88 births per woman, according to 2012 statistics. However, the birth rate has risen by one percent since that time). The declining birth rate doesn’t just mean that there are less people to enter the U.S. from Mexico, but also that there is less competition over jobs within Mexico.

Profile of Immigrants Who Do Enter the U.S. from Mexico

The profile of those who enter the U.S. from Mexico varies greatly. Similar to years past, there are many unskilled laborers who enter the U.S. hoping to find work. However, more than ever before, the profile of immigrants entering the U.S. from Mexico has shifted; many are coming to escape the violence in their own country, not to find work in the U.S. What’s more, a large margin of immigrants who are entering the U.S. from Mexico are educated, speak English, have more wealth the previous generations, and may even be naturalized citizens who are returning.

Despite this trend, those who are opposed to immigration into the U.S. continue to aggressively advocate for anti-immigration and pro-deportation policies.

How a Massachusetts Immigration Attorney Can Help You

If you’ve entered the U.S. from Mexico and have questions about your immigration status, are facing criminal charges, or have fears about deportation, don’t wait to take action. At the Law Offices of Joshua P. Goldstein, P.C., our immigration attorneys are on your side. To learn more about how we can help you and what your rights are, call us today at 617-722-0005.

2015 Boston Immigration Law Scholarship Winner!

The Law Offices of Joshua L. Goldstein are pleased to announce that we have chosen Zulma Munoz as the 2015 winner of our Boston Immigration Law Scholarship! We were overwhelmed by the excellent applications we received for the scholarship, all of which evoked the struggles and challenges of the immigrant experience. Over 150 deserving students applied!

Ms. Munoz is the child of Mexican immigrants and was born in Oakland, California. She graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. She will be attending University of San Francisco School of Law in the fall of 2015.

Our office recognizes that the U.S. immigration process is stressful for families and can have traumatic outcomes that can impact a child’s potential to seek an education and succeed in the United States. As an office that specializes in family-based immigration and deportation defense, we’re dedicated to helping hard-working and ambitious immigrants and children of immigrants attain their goals for higher education. We are so happy to help Ms. Munoz achieve her dreams of attending law school and we know she will accomplish big things in her future!

Zulma Munoz’s Winning Essay

“At an early age, I learned that education was a ticket out of poverty.  When my mother was seventeen, she and my father carried my brother across the border to the United States.  I was born three years later in Oakland, California.  At age two, my father died in a car accident.  When I was seven, my mother married a wonderful man and I was delighted to have a new father.

I remember dreading adulthood because I believed it meant washing dishes for endless hours.  For twenty-five years, my father cleaned dishes as a utility worker.  Since my parents worked long hours, my mother desired to keep my brother and I away from the streets so she had us join a soccer team.  I soon realized that my teammates’ parents did not have jobs my parents did.  I also discovered something that I had never seen in my house: university diplomas.

Being a part of a team exposed me to the first injustice that would shape my desire to become an advocate.  I realized that low-income immigrant parents often suffered from unjust work situations.  The second injustice emerged in school with my older brother.  My teachers assured me that I could become a doctor, dentist, or lawyer, while my brother faced criticism from his teachers.  I was forced to comprehend why someone would be treated and live differently just because of where they were born.

When I was a freshman at UC Berkeley, officials arrested my brother for marking the streets with graffiti.  Within a week, the case was transferred to Immigration Court and my brother’s deportation followed closely thereafter.  The next few months and years of my life were dominated by court proceedings, translating for my parents at attorney consultations, and supporting the emotional well being of my mother and 11-year-old brother.

In many ways, I am privileged that my life’s circumstances taught me about the immigration, education, and labor systems in American because it motivated me to start my career early.  My brother’s case catapulted my knowledge and frustration with the legal system, so I decided to pursue a career through which I could influence the outcomes of individuals with similar stories.  Whether I was organizing students to journey to Washington DC to lobby for immigration reform or providing immigration relief to youth without legal citizenship, my mission was clear.

After my brother’s deportation, I was determined to ensure other families did not suffer as my family did.  Consequently, I dedicated myself to direct-service work and now have a strong working knowledge of immigration remedies, education reform, and about the systemic challenges underserved communities face that I bring with me to the law school.  I am committed to attaining my law degree in order to continue giving back to the communities, schools and families from which I come.  My journey demands that I engage in work I can believe in and becoming a lawyer will strengthen my ability to do so.”

5 Things That You Need to Know About Your Master Calendar Hearing

A master calendar hearing, or MCH, is the first step in any legal action involving immigration matters. Typically, a MCH is the primary occurrence in an immigrant’s deportation hearing – if the U.S. government is trying to deport you, you’ll get a master calendar hearing.. If you’re an immigrant to the United States who will be attending your own master calendar hearing, here are five things you need to know:

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DOJ Lawyers and Possible Sanctions

In February of 2015, a federal judge blocked an executive immigration order, given by President Obama, that would have granted deportation stays to five million immigrants currently residing in the U.S. without proper documentation. What’s more, the immigration action would have also provided many of those same immigrants with the right to lawfully obtain permits to work.

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Immigrant Detainees Used as a Source of Cheap Labor in Boston Jail

In an egregious infraction of justice, immigrant detainees in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, may have been exploited for their labor. Now, one of the immigrant detainees, 40-year-old Anthony Whyte, is filing a class action lawsuit against Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department which states that he and other detainees should have been paid minimum wage for their labor over the past six years.

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Marriage Fraud: A Growing Problem in the U.S.

For some immigrants, the idea of marrying an American citizen to gain legal status within the U.S. is a tempting idea – some will even go so far as to commit marriage fraud. Marriage fraud is the act of engaging in a fraudulent marriage, usually by bribing an individual with money to get them to agree to the marriage, for the purpose of gaining U.S. lawful permanent residence. The following reviews what constitutes an authentic marriage in the U.S., and what the penalties for committing marriage fraud are. If you’re facing penalties for marriage fraud in Boston, the immigration attorneys at the Law Offices of Joshua L. Goldstein, P.C. can help.

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