Illegal Immigration: Gaps Between and Within Parties
The public continues to support tough measures to crack down on illegal immigration, but also a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally.
Public Favors Tougher Border Controls and Path to Citizenship
Americans see no contradiction in supporting both stepped-up border security and a way for people already in the U.S. illegally to gain citizenship. Most oppose plans to change the Constitution to bar the children of illegal immigrants from becoming citizens. The public, however, also supports Arizona’s controversial immigration law.
Public Supports Arizona Immigration Law
A majority approves of the new law, and larger percentages support requiring people to produce identification documents for police and allowing authorities to detain people unable to verify their legal status.
Where the Public Stands on Immigration Reform
Polling has found significant support for both tougher enforcement and the so-called “path to citizenship,” but several factors suggest that a new push for reform could be a difficult one.
The Immigration Debate: Controversy Heats Up, Hispanics Feel a Chill
The 2007 National Survey of Latinos finds that Hispanics in the U.S. are feeling a range of negative effects from increased public attention and stepped up enforcement measures.
Between Here and There: How Attached Do Latino Immigrants Remain to Their Native Country?
Most maintain some kind of connection to their native country, but only one-in-ten can be considered to be highly attached.
Growing Share of Immigrants Choosing Naturalization
Today’s legal immigrants are signing on to a closer relationship with Uncle Sam more quickly and at higher rates than was the case a decade or two ago.
Are You a Citizen? Prove It
Worries about voter fraud, terrorism and illegal immigration are driving a surge in stiff new identification requirements. To weed out those who aren’t citizens, all Americans increasingly need a paper trail to qualify for some of the perks of citizenship — from driver’s licenses to Medicaid help.
Who Are the Immigrants?
This Pew Hispanic Center statistical profile provides a detailed look at the foreign-born population in the United States.
With a foreign-born population of over 35 million, who are these immigrants and what do we know about them?
America’s Immigration Quandary
Americans worry about unauthorized immigration, but disagree about specific policies to deal with it.