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.

Pew Research CenterNovember 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.

Fact TankNovember 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 TankNovember 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 TankOctober 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 TankSeptember 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.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 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.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 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.

Fact TankAugust 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.

Fact TankAugust 11, 2014

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.

Fact TankAugust 4, 2014

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.