Jul 25, 2014

At the border, a sharp rise in unaccompanied girls fleeing Honduras

The number of unaccompanied girls from three Central American countries caught at the Southwest border, particularly those ages 13 to 17, has increased more rapidly this year than the number of boys.

Jul 22, 2014

Children 12 and under are fastest growing group of unaccompanied minors at U.S. border

As the number of unaccompanied children trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has surged, the increase in apprehensions among children ages 12 and younger has been far greater than among teens, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of previously unreleased government data. The new data show a 117% increase in the number of unaccompanied […]

Jul 1, 2014

DHS: Violence, poverty, is driving children to flee Central America to U.S.

Of the thousands of unaccompanied children apprehended at the U.S. border in recent months, many can be attributed to poverty and regional violence in three Central American countries, a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security document finds. The document says the reasons driving the migration are different for each country, attributing it to local conditions. […]

Jun 10, 2014

For three states, share of Hispanic population returns to the past

The number of Hispanics, the largest minority group in the United States, has increased nearly six-fold since 1970, to 53 million today. But in three states, the rising share of the Hispanic population has returned to levels not seen in more than a century. It’s a story similar to that of the nation’s most recent […]

Apr 4, 2014

‘Mexican,’ ‘Hispanic,’ ‘Latin American’ top list of race write-ins on the 2010 census

Latinos are not the only group of Americans who utilize the “some other race” category on the census form—but they are the most likely to do so. In 2010, 6.2% of Americans selected “some other race,” up from 5.5% in 2000. Among all those who answered the race question this way in 2010, 96.8% were Hispanic.

Mar 6, 2014

Women’s college enrollment gains leave men behind

Even though college enrollment rates among young people have risen in recent decades, a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that females outpace males in college enrollment, especially among Hispanics and blacks.

Jan 30, 2014

Asian Americans split on whether U.S. immigration system works or needs a major overhaul

45% of Asian Americans say the U.S. immigration system “works pretty well and requires only minor changes” while 47% say the system “needs to be completely rebuilt” or “needs major changes.”

Jan 24, 2014

In 2014, Latinos will surpass whites as largest racial/ethnic group in California

According to California Governor Jerry Brown’s new state budget, Latinos are projected to become the largest single racial/ethnic group in the state by March of this year, making up 39% of the state’s population. That will make California only the second state, behind New Mexico, where whites are not the majority and Latinos are the […]

Jan 23, 2014

Hispanics prioritize legalization for unauthorized immigrants over citizenship

46% of all Hispanics and 59% of Hispanic immigrants say they worry “a lot” or “some” that they themselves, a family member or a close friend could be deported. Hispanics alone comprise about three-fourths of all immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Nov 6, 2013

Republican Chris Christie captures about half the Latino vote

In his landslide re-election victory last night, New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie carried 51% of the Latino vote, a 19 point increase from his performance in 2009, according to exit polls.