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.

Download our fact sheet to learn more about the First Focus Center for the Children of Immigrants.


Children’s Budget 2020

| September 29, 2020 |

2020 has delivered an unprecedented public health emergency and an economic crisis that has disrupted every facet of the lives of children and families.

Statement: Public charge rule endangers millions of children

| September 24, 2020 |

“Chilling effect” already evident in falling insurance rates, other programs The Trump Administration’s decision to reimpose its public charge rule — even as the country

Statement: 275,000 U.S. citizen children at risk

| September 17, 2020 |

In response to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling this week in favor of the Trump Administration’s policy to end Temporary Protected

4 Ways that the Trump Administration has targeted immigrant children during COVID-19

| September 15, 2020 |

Immigrants have long suffered the consequences of unfair, inhumane policies enacted to discourage them from seeking a better life in the United States. Over

Congress Must Act Quickly to Pass Additional Relief for Struggling Children and Families

| August 10, 2020 |

Given recent spikes in COVID-19 caseloads, an economic crisis that continues to deepen, and an upcoming school year faced with daunting challenges, it is

Statement: Administration’s Cruel Policies Endanger Immigrant Children

| July 28, 2020 |

First Focus on Children condemns the Trump Administration’s decision to continue separating and imprisoning families in U.S. detention centers rather than releasing them to

President Trump doesn’t think all kids count. We disagree (and so does the Constitution).

| July 28, 2020 |

One of the key tenets of the work of First Focus on Children is that the well-being of every child matters. Thus, we were

Statement: After DACA decision, Congress now must act

| June 18, 2020 |

The following is a statement from First Focus on Children President Bruce Lesley on today’s SCOTUS decision to uphold DACA: “We are very pleased

Fact Sheet: Aid to Children and Families in the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800)

| May 22, 2020 |

As part of ongoing efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic crisis, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic

The COVID-19 Crisis Is Catastrophic for Children Too

| April 4, 2020 |

This is likely a once-in-a-generation disaster, and it will affect every domain of human life. It will be traumatic. And trauma always falls hardest