Fact Tank Nov. 19, 2015

U.S. public seldom has welcomed refugees into country

Public opinion data going back to the 1930s shows that generally speaking, Americans oppose large numbers of refugees entering the country.

Fact Tank Sep. 30, 2015

How U.S. immigration laws and rules have changed through history

The United States began regulating immigration soon after it won independence from Great Britain, and the laws since enacted have reflected the politics and migrant flows of the times. We looked at key immigration laws from 1790 to 2014.

Fact Tank Sep. 30, 2015

On views of immigrants, Americans largely split along party lines

About half of Republicans (53%) say immigrants coming to the U.S. make society worse in the long run, compared with just 24% of Democrats who say the same.

Hispanic Sep. 28, 2015

Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Million to the U.S.

The nation’s foreign-born population has swelled from 10 million in 1965 to a record 45 million in 2015. By 2065, the U.S. will have a projected 78 million immigrants.

Sep. 25, 2015

Catholics, especially Hispanics, echo pope’s call to embrace immigrants

Nearly nine-in-ten Hispanic Catholics (88%) say that undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements should be able to stay in the U.S.

Fact Tank Sep. 24, 2015

What Americans, Europeans think of immigrants

Pope Francis has urged European Catholics to take in some of the thousands of migrants streaming in from Syria and other countries amid the world’s largest refugee crisis on record, and in his address to Congress today he urged leaders to welcome and respect immigrants coming to the U.S. But just how closely public opinion aligns with the pope’s […]

Fact Tank Sep. 22, 2015

Many U.S. Catholics will understand Pope Francis’ Spanish-language Mass

A majority of all Hispanic adults identify as Catholic and a large majority of Hispanic Catholics speak Spanish fluently. Eight-in-ten Hispanic Catholics use mostly Spanish or are bilingual. In fact, they are more likely to be Spanish speakers than non-Catholic Hispanics (68%).

Fact Tank Aug. 24, 2015

What Americans want to do about illegal immigration

There is little support overall for an effort to deport all those in the U.S. illegally, but past surveys have found support for building a barrier along the Mexican border and for banning birthright citizenship.

Fact Tank Apr. 24, 2015

Refugees stream into Europe, where they are not welcomed with open arms

Many Europeans, especially in the continent’s south, hold negative views of immigrants and are concerned about new arrivals from outside the EU.

Feb. 4, 2015

50 years later, Americans give thumbs-up to immigration law that changed the nation

As Washington once again engages in a heated political battle over immigration policy, it’s worth reminding ourselves just how much the country and its politics have changed since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act — a law that dramatically changed the makeup of the nation.