Pew's immigration and the states project is currently exploring the intersection of federal and state immigration policies and their fiscal and economic impacts on states and localities by investigating:
- What the federal-state immigration relationship looks like, where there is friction, where effective collaboration is taking place, and where there are opportunities for improvement;
- The fiscal and economic impacts of existing immigration policies on states and localities; and
- How federal immigration reform may impact states.
Our original, non-partisan research gives both state and federal policy makers the information they need to make informed immigration decisions.
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In August 2015, The Pew Charitable Trusts produced a first-of-its-kind report examining the experiences of states and localities that issue alternative driver’s licenses to unauthorized immigrants. The analysis explored the choices these jurisdictions made on scope, eligibility standards, issuance procedures, and outreach and education as they designed and implemented their laws. Read More
An estimated 8.8 million U.S. residents who are not citizens are eligible to naturalize, based on the latest available data from 2013, but between 2009 and 2015 only about 700,000 did so each year. Even though the number of eligible people has been rising over the past several years, naturalization rates in the U.S. are low when compared to similar immigrant-receiving countries like Australia and... Read More
Unaccompanied alien children (UAC, or unaccompanied minors) crossing the U.S.-Mexico border reached a peak in 2014 with more than 68,000 children apprehended in that year alone. While the numbers dropped by about half in 2015, this year they are on pace to surpass the figures from last year. Looking at the first five months of fiscal year 2016, apprehensions have increased an average of 89%... Read More
Roles and Responsibilities of States and Localities