October 3, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, a transformative measure that largely remains the framework for the U.S. immigration system today. Use these resources to learn more about U.S. immigration law as well as how the immigrant population has changed over the past 50 years, diversifying the United States.
Two reports from the Urban Institute and MPI trace the effects on the emotional, economic, developmental, and academic well-being of children in the United States when a parent is deported. The first examines the evidence concerning the impacts of deportation and fear of deportation on unauthorized immigrant families and children, and thesecondoffers findings from fieldwork in five study sites examining the involvement of families with a deported parent with health and social service systems, as well as their needs and the barriers they face accessing such services.
The ongoing chaos being seen in Southeast Europe, as countries grapple with massive inflows of asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere have laid bare the unresolved dysfunctions of incomplete European Union systems, as this commentary from MPI Europe's director explains. The proposal for relocation of 160,000 asylum seekers and other announced measures are a necessary stopgap, but far from an enduring solution.
This report examines the rising numbers of apprehensions and deportations of Central American children and adults by the United States and Mexico, and provides a demographic, socioeconomic, and criminal profile of deportees to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The report traces how rising Mexican enforcement is reshaping regional dynamics and perhaps ushering in changes to long-lasting trends in apprehensions.
In this commentary, MPI President Michael Fix discusses how the repeal of birthright citizenship in the United States would create a self-perpetuating underclass that would be excluded from social membership for generations—with negative consequences for the national interest. And repeal, touted by proponents as a solution to illegal immigration, would in reality have the opposite effect and would expand the size of the U.S. unauthorized population.
This report profiles the approximately 11 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States, examining population growth trends over time by country or region of origin as well as geographic distribution by state and top county destinations. (See related interactive map here.) The report also assesses eligibility and application rates for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, analyzing differences in application rates by national origin.