Children of Immigrants

Children of immigrants are affected every day by policy choices on immigration, education, health care, and a range of other issues. And because one-fourth of children in America today are children of immigrants, those choices shape America’s future. The First Focus Center for the Children of Immigrants challenges policymakers to ensure that all children and families, regardless of immigration status, have the opportunity to live the American Dream.

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Resources


Statement: 5th Child Dies in the Custody of the Federal Government 

| May 20, 2019 |

Today’s tragic news of the death of another child while in the custody of the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must deliver


White House Proposal to End Government Shutdown Targets Children Seeking Asylum

| January 23, 2019 |

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to call up legislation that advances a proposal from President Trump to reopen the federal government in


Without Congressional Action for DACA and TPS, Hundreds of Thousands of U.S. Citizen Children will Experience Family Separation

| December 18, 2018 |

Because Congress has neglected to act, the future for more than 800,000 recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program still remains uncertain. In 2016, the Trump


Our Comments on the Proposed Public Charge Rule

| December 7, 2018 |

On December 7, 2018, First Focus submitted comments on the proposed public charge rule. In short, the administration’s public charge rule would lead to


Letter to HHS on Changes to the Unaccompanied Alien Children’s (UAC) Program

| November 30, 2018 |

First Focus sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to express our deep concern with recent policy changes to


The Proposed Public Charge Rule is an Attack on Family-Based Immigration

| November 28, 2018 |

Family unity is often a key motivation for immigration. Mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters who seek to sponsor their immediate family members may do


The Proposed Public Charge Rule Will Make Children Hungrier

| November 16, 2018 |

When children don’t have enough to eat, it makes it harder for them to learn, grow, and thrive. Unfortunately, the Department of Homeland Security


Comments: To DHS and HHS on the Proposed Rule Regarding the Apprehension, Processing, Care, and Custody of Alien Minors and Unaccompanied Alien Children

| November 5, 2018 |

First Focus submitted these comments to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services to express strong opposition to


Statement: Ending Birthright Citizenship Would Directly Harm Innocent Children

| October 30, 2018 |

The Trump administration is considering an executive order to end birthright citizenship in the United States. This move would be both dangerous and unconstitutional


Fact Sheet: Administrative Threats to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

| October 24, 2018 |

Food insecurity remains a major threat to health and wellbeing of 12.5 million children in America. This means that in 2017, one in six children