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.

ReportsJune 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.

PublicationsJune 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.

ReportsApril 23, 2012

Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero—and Perhaps Less

The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill.

ReportsMarch 21, 2012

The Demographics of the Jobs Recovery

Employment Gains by Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Nativity

PublicationsFebruary 21, 2012

2010, Foreign-Born Population in the United States Statistical Portrait

This statistical profile of the foreign-born population is based on Pew Hispanic Center tabulations of the Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey.

ReportsJanuary 9, 2012

U.S. Foreign-Born Population: How Much Change from 2009 to 2010?

The U.S. population in 2010 included 39.9 million foreign-born residents. This estimate, the latest available for the foreign-born population, is 1.5 million, or 4%, higher than the survey’s 38.5 million estimate in 2009.

ReportsDecember 28, 2011

As Deportations Rise to Record Levels, Most Latinos Oppose Obama’s Policy

President’s Approval Rating Drops, but He Leads 2012 Rivals

ReportsDecember 1, 2011

Unauthorized Immigrants: Length of Residency, Patterns of Parenthood

Nearly two-thirds of the 10.2 million unauthorized adult immigrants in the United States have lived in this country for at least 10 years and nearly half are parents of minor children.

ReportsJuly 14, 2011

The Mexican-American Boom: Births Overtake Immigration

Births have surpassed immigration as the main driver of the dynamic growth in the nation’s Mexican-American population. From 2000 to 2010, the Mexican-American population grew by 7.2 million as a result of births and 4.2 million as a result of new immigrant arrivals.

ReportsMarch 24, 2011

Hispanics Account for More than Half of Nation’s Growth in Past Decade

Census 2010: 50 Million Latinos