The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. But unauthorized immigrants have become a source of political debate over 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.
Unauthorized immigrant population stable for half a decade
The unauthorized immigrant population in the U.S. – 11.1 million in 2014 – has remained essentially stable since 2009 after nearly two decades of changes.
Measuring illegal immigration: How Pew Research Center counts unauthorized immigrants in the U.S.
Jeffrey S. Passel, senior demographer, on the research techniques used to derive the unauthorized immigrant population estimate in the U.S. and the challenges involved.
Overall Number of U.S. Unauthorized Immigrants Holds Steady Since 2009
The estimated total – 11.1 million in 2014 – has steadied since the end of the recession as the number declined from Mexico but grew from other countries.
U.S. Latino Population Growth and Dispersion Has Slowed Since the Onset of the Great Recession
A decline in Hispanic birth rates and the pace of immigration from Latin America has had an effect on the growth and dispersion of Hispanics in the country.
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.
5 facts about Trump supporters’ views of immigration
Immigration policy has been a focal point of Donald Trump’s campaign since he first announced he was running for president. Here’s a look at where his supporters stand on the issue.
On Immigration Policy, Partisan Differences but Also Some Common Ground
The public is divided over many aspects of U.S. immigration policy.
Europe sees rise in unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, with almost half from Afghanistan
In 2015, there were a record 96,000 unaccompanied child migrants seeking asylum in Europe.
U.S. border apprehensions of families and unaccompanied children jump dramatically
Apprehensions of children and their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since October 2015 have more than doubled from a year ago and now outnumber apprehensions of unaccompanied children, a figure that also increased this year.
Americans’ views of immigrants marked by widening partisan, generational divides
Between 1994 and 2005, Republicans’ and Democrats’ views of immigrants tracked one another closely. Beginning around 2006, however, they began to diverge.