The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. But unauthorized immigrants have become a source of political debate, and Congress and President Obama disagree over the best course of action to address issues such as deportations, legal status, education and benefits. For years, the Pew Research Center has estimated the size of the unauthorized immigrant population and surveyed the U.S. public about immigration.

Fact Tank Nov. 24, 2014

Immigration changes draw broad public interest

President Obama’s executive action on immigration, expanding deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants, attracted strong public interest last week.

Fact Tank Nov. 21, 2014

How Obama’s executive action will impact immigrants, by birth country

While President Obama’s executive order expanding deportation relief covered people from countries around the world, Mexicans were by far the group that will feel the most impact under existing and new guidelines.

Fact Tank Nov. 21, 2014

Immigrants in Western states most likely to benefit from Obama’s executive action

There are eight states where at least four-in-ten unauthorized immigrants will be eligible to benefit from the executive order announced Thursday by President Obama, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.

Fact Tank Nov. 20, 2014

Those from Mexico will benefit most from Obama’s executive action

Unauthorized immigrants from Mexico account for two-thirds of those who will be eligible for deportation relief under President Obama’s executive action, even as they account for about half of the nation’s unauthorized population, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. The new action, which mainly applies to unauthorized immigrant parents of U.S. citizen or […]

Fact Tank Nov. 18, 2014

5 facts about illegal immigration in the U.S.

The number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. has stabilized in recent years after decades of rapid growth. Here are five facts from our latest analysis of this population.

Fact Tank Nov. 14, 2014

Obama’s expected immigration action: How many would be affected?

Millions of unauthorized immigrants could receive relief from deportation under an executive order that President Obama will announce as early as next week.

Fact Tank Nov. 7, 2014

Why can’t we all get along? Challenges ahead for bipartisan cooperation

President Obama meets Friday with Republican leaders after their election day victories to talk about cooperation on key issues. We review the public opinion challenges facing both parties in any quest for bipartisanship.

Fact Tank Oct. 2, 2014

U.S. deportations of immigrants reach record high in 2013

The Obama administration deported a record 438,421 unauthorized immigrants in fiscal year 2013, continuing a streak of stepped up enforcement that has resulted in 2 million deportations since Obama took office.

Fact Tank Sep. 26, 2014

Hispanic immigrants more likely to lack health insurance than U.S.-born

Hispanic immigrants are more than twice as likely to not have health insurance as Hispanics born in the U.S., according figures recently released by the Census Bureau.

Hispanic Sep. 3, 2014

Share of Long-Term Unauthorized Immigrants Rises

The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. has stabilized since the end of the Great Recession in 2009. Those who remain are more likely to be long-term residents, and to live with their U.S.-born children.