Fact Tank 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 […]

U.S. Politics Jul. 16, 2014

Surge in Border Crossings Roils U.S. Immigration Debate

About half (53%) of Americans think that the U.S. should speed up the legal process for dealing with Central American children who cross the border illegally, while fewer (38%) support staying with the current policy.

Fact Tank Jun. 11, 2014

Tea Partiers are not all immigration hawks

Only a minority of Republican voters take a hard-line stance on immigration.

Jun. 10, 2014

Number of Latino children caught trying to enter U.S. nearly doubles in less than a year

The number of unaccompanied children from Mexico and Central America who were apprehended at the U.S. border has nearly doubled in less than a year.

Fact Tank Apr. 30, 2014

Illegal immigration by boat: A dangerous, but common way of entering Europe

Boat migrants comprise less than 10% of the more than 1 million new immigrants entering the EU from non-EU countries by air, land or sea each year. But among those known to have arrived illegally in 2013, over half came by sea – the highest percentage in recent years.

Hispanic Mar. 18, 2014

Growth in Unlawful Reentry Cases Drives Rise in Federal Crimes

Between 1992 and 2012, the number of offenders sentenced in federal courts more than doubled, driven largely by a 28-fold increase in the number of unlawful reentry convictions.

Fact Tank Mar. 11, 2014

Americans split on deportations as Latinos press Obama on issue

The White House is under pressure from Democrats and Latino leaders to ease deportations, as the number of unauthorized immigrants sent home neared 2 million under the Obama administration. Last week, National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguía called the president the “deporter-in-chief.”

U.S. Politics Feb. 27, 2014

Americans Divided on Growing Number of Deportations

Immigration legislation is stalled in the House, but Americans still broadly support a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants. At the same time, they are divided over the growing number of deportations in recent years.

Fact Tank Jan. 28, 2014

On immigration, Republicans favor path to legal status, but differ over citizenship

As House Republicans plan to roll out their own proposals to reform the nation’s immigration system, polls continue to show a majority of Americans support some pathway to legal status for the 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. Roughly-two thirds of Americans favor either a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants (54%) or […]

Fact Tank Jan. 24, 2014

Record number of deportations in 2012

Number of immigrants deported by U.S. authorities in fiscal year 2012—a record.