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.

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.

Hispanic Dec. 19, 2013

Deportation Relief Outweighs Pathway to Citizenship

While Hispanics and Asian Americans overwhelmingly approve of creating a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, they also say relief from the threat of deportation is more important.

Fact Tank Oct. 31, 2013

U.S. image in Mexico rebounds from 2010 low

The share of Mexicans with a favorable view of the U.S. has risen 22 percentage points since passage of Arizona’s restrictive immigration law in 2010.

Hispanic Oct. 3, 2013

More Latinos Say Illegal Immigration’s Effect on the U.S. Latino Community is Positive

Hispanics’ views of the impact of unauthorized immigration on the U.S. Hispanic community have grown more positive since 2010, according to a new nationwide survey of 5,103 Hispanic adults by the Pew Research Center.

Fact Tank Sep. 23, 2013

The challenges of counting the nation’s unauthorized immigrants

A talk with Pew Research Center senior demographer Jeffrey S. Passel on the challenges of counting the nation’s unauthorized immigrants.

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Hispanic Sep. 23, 2013

Slideshow: Population Decline of Unauthorized Immigrants Stalls, May Have Reversed

Key findings from the report, “Population Decline of Unauthorized Immigrants Stalls, May Have Reversed”

Hispanic Sep. 23, 2013

11.7 M Unauthorized Immigrants in 2012

A new estimate by the Pew Research Center shows that the recession-era decline in the number of unauthorized immigrants has bottomed out and the number may be rising.

Fact Tank Sep. 19, 2013

High rate of deportations continue under Obama despite Latino disapproval

The Obama administration has provided a way for young unauthorized immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to remain in the U.S., but the total number of deportations of unauthorized immigrants continue at near record levels.