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.
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.
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.
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.
5 facts about Honduras and immigration
65% of people in Honduras live in poverty. 16% of Honduras’s GDP is based on money sent from migrants abroad. The wave of all immigrants in the U.S. coming from Honduras is relatively new, with more than half arriving in 2000 or later.
Many Mexican child migrants caught multiple times at border
New data shows that thousands of unaccompanied Mexican children caught at the border have crossed into the U.S. multiple times.
Hispanics split on how to address surge in Central American child migrants
About as many Hispanics support the current system for deciding immigration cases as do those expediting the process (49% – 47%), which would have the effect of speeding up deportations.
At the border, a sharp rise in unaccompanied girls fleeing Honduras
The number of unaccompanied girls from three Central American countries caught at the Southwest border, particularly those ages 13 to 17, has increased more rapidly this year than the number of boys.
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 […]
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.
Tea Partiers are not all immigration hawks
Only a minority of Republican voters take a hard-line stance on immigration.