Immigration and the States Project

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.

Research & Analysis

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  • Immigration Enforcement Within the United States

    This inventory of immigration enforcement policies and programs within U.S. borders highlights areas of cooperation among federal, state, and local governments. Enforcement activities are presented on five maps illustrating that they are dispersed widely across the country. This brief, the first in a series, will be followed by examinations of border management programs and other immigration... Read More

  • Immigration and Legalization

    This report will help states and localities prepare for their potential roles in implementing any future federal legalization program for unauthorized immigrants. It reviews previous and ongoing immigration initiatives and identifies four key roles played by state and local governments: outreach, documentation, education and protection of immigrants from fraudulent services. Read More

Media Contact

Sarah Leiseca

Officer, Communications

202.540.6369