Immigration is central to the growth and identity of the Hispanic population. Almost all of the project's research, regardless of topic, includes separate tabulations of data for U.S.-born and foreign-born Hispanics. Research on immigration focuses on the unauthorized population, overall trends in immigration and public attitudes towards immigrants and immigration policy.

Also see our statistical portraits, state and county databases, demographic profiles and Census 2010 tables for data on the characteristics of the Latino and foreign-born populations in the United States.

Feb. 4, 2013

The Path Not Taken

Two-thirds of Legal Mexican Immigrants are not U.S. Citizens

Jan. 29, 2013

A Nation of Immigrants

A Portrait of the 40 Million, Including 11 Million Unauthorized

Jan. 29, 2013

Statistical Portrait of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States, 2011

Dec. 6, 2012

Unauthorized Immigrants: 11.1 Million in 2011

Nov. 29, 2012

U.S. Birth Rate Falls to a Record Low; Decline Is Greatest Among Immigrants

Nov. 14, 2012

An Awakened Giant: The Hispanic Electorate is Likely to Double by 2030

Aging, Naturalization and Immigration Will Drive Growth

Oct. 11, 2012

Latino Voters Support Obama by 3-1 Ratio, But Are Less Certain than Others about Voting

Latino registered voters prefer President Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney by 69% to 21% and express growing satisfaction with the direction of the nation and the state of their personal finances but are somewhat less certain than non-Hispanics that they will vote in this election, according to a new nationwide survey of 1,765 Latinos.

Aug. 14, 2012

Up to 1.7 Million Unauthorized Immigrant Youth May Benefit from New Deportation Rules

Up to 1.7 million unauthorized immigrants ages 30 and under who arrived in the U.S. as children are eligible for a new Obama administration program that would shield them from deportation and enable them to apply for temporary but renewable work permits, according to updated estimates from the Pew Hispanic Center.

Jun. 25, 2012

U.S. Public, Hispanics Differ on Arizona Immigration Law

The American public has repeatedly expressed support for Arizona’s immigration law, much of which was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

Jun. 15, 2012

Up to 1.4 Million Unauthorized Immigrants Could Benefit from New Deportation Policy

Up to 1.4 million children and young adults who are in the United States illegally could potentially benefit from today’s announcement by the Obama Administration about changes in deportation policies.