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Ana Gonzalez-Barrera

Senior Researcher

Expertise
Hispanics

Ana Gonzalez-Barrera is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center. She is an expert on U.S. immigration, particularly on Mexican immigration to the U.S. and border apprehensions and deportations. She also has extensive experience analyzing and surveying the Hispanic population in the U.S. Before joining Pew Research Center in 2011, she served as director of population distribution at the Mexican Population Council (CONAPO). Prior to that, she worked for over four years at CIDE in Mexico, where she coordinated two rounds of the Mexico and the Americas public opinion survey in 2004 and 2010. She received a MPP from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, where she was a Fulbright-Garcia Robles scholar. She is an author of An Awakened Giant: the Hispanic Electorate is Likely to Double by 2030, The Path Not Taken: Two-thirds of Legal Mexican Immigrants are not U.S. Citizens, and More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming to the U.S., among others.

Publications
HispanicSeptember 11, 2018

Latinos are more likely to believe in the American dream, but most say it is hard to achieve

Hispanics are more likely than the general U.S. public to believe in the American dream – that hard work will pay off and that each generation is better off than the one prior.

HispanicFebruary 26, 2018

Key facts about U.S. immigration policies and proposed changes

Proposals to change the U.S. immigration system have received renewed attention under the Trump administration. Read key details about U.S. immigration programs.

GlobalJanuary 18, 2018

Naturalization rate among U.S. immigrants up since 2005, with India among the biggest gainers

Most of the United States’ 20 largest immigrant groups experienced increases in naturalization rates between 2005 and 2015, with India and Ecuador posting the biggest increases among origin countries.

HispanicDecember 20, 2017

Hispanic Identity Fades Across Generations as Immigrant Connections Fall Away

High intermarriage rates and declining immigration are changing how some Americans with Hispanic ancestry see their identity. Most U.S. adults with Hispanic ancestry self-identify as Hispanic, but 11%, or 5 million, do not.

HispanicDecember 7, 2017

Rise in U.S. Immigrants From El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras Outpaces Growth From Elsewhere

The increase from these countries exceeded modest growth of the overall foreign-born population and came amid a decline in immigrants from Mexico.

HispanicMarch 2, 2017

What we know about illegal immigration from Mexico

The number of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has declined by more than 1 million since 2007.

HispanicDecember 21, 2016

Apprehensions of migrants at U.S.-Mexico border rose sharply in October and November

The number of migrant apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border rose by 42% in October and November of 2016 compared with the same two-month period in 2015.

HispanicDecember 16, 2016

U.S. immigrant deportations fall to lowest level since 2007

The Obama administration deported 333,341 unauthorized immigrants in the 2015 fiscal year, a decline of about 81,000 (or 20%) from the prior year.

HispanicAugust 31, 2016

U.S. immigrant deportations declined in 2014, but remain near record high

The Obama administration deported 414,481 unauthorized immigrants in fiscal 2014, a drop from the prior year driven by a decline in deportations of immigrants with a criminal conviction.

HispanicApril 14, 2016

Apprehensions of Mexican migrants at U.S. borders reach near-historic low

This change comes after a period in which net migration of Mexicans to the U.S. had fallen to lows not seen since the 1940s.