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.

HispanicNovember 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 […]

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HispanicNovember 18, 2014

Unauthorized Immigrants in the U.S., 2012

See how the unauthorized immigrant population varies state-by-state, how it has changed since 2009 and which states have the highest and lowest shares of unauthorized immigrants with our interactive maps.

HispanicNovember 18, 2014

State Unauthorized Immigrant Populations Rise and Fall

Since the Great Recession ended, the population of unauthorized immigrants has risen in seven states and fallen in 14.

HispanicNovember 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.

ScienceNovember 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.

HispanicOctober 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.

HispanicSeptember 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.

HispanicSeptember 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.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 3, 2014

More Prioritize Border Security in Immigration Debate

As President Obama considers executive action to delay the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, the public’s priorities for U.S. immigration policy have shifted, with more people favoring a focus on better border security and tougher enforcement of immigration laws.

HispanicAugust 15, 2014

5 facts about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

5 facts about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which President Obama signed two years ago.