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Recent News


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


Child Poverty Action Group Launches End Child Poverty U.S. Campaign

| February 28, 2019 |

Setting a Child Poverty Target is the Way Forward to Ending the Crisis Washington, DC: Today, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine


Statement: Attempt to Erase the Affordable Care Act Jeopardizes The Health of Children

| December 15, 2018 |

Statement of Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus on Children, regarding the federal district court ruling in Texas v. Azar declaring the Affordable Care


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


Statement: New Family-Separation Efforts Will Lead to Imprisonment of Children

| October 18, 2018 |

Washington, D.C., October 17, 2018—When it comes to how we treat children, our public policy should be governed by a simple, overriding “best interest


Statement: DHS proposed public charge rule would harm children

| October 10, 2018 |

Washington, D.C., October 10, 2018—First Focus is outraged by a rule published today in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security


In the News: Being a kid is a “negative factor” under Trump’s new immigration rule

| September 24, 2018 |

A new immigration rule from the Trump administration basically penalizes kids for being kids. Under a new rule published by the Department of Homeland


Statement: Draft of Proposed Immigration Rule Would Hurt Children

| September 24, 2018 |

The Trump administration just announced their intention to propose a harmful rule that, if implemented, would greatly limit children and families from accessing health care,


In the News: The Case for Investing in Children Has Never Been Stronger

| September 21, 2018 |

By the end of fiscal year 2018, the federal government will have spent approximately $331.2 billion (about 8 percent of total spending) on children,


Press Release: Share of Federal Spending on Children Has Decreased 1.7 Percent Since FY 2014

| September 20, 2018 |

Washington, D.C., September 20, 2018—Children received 1.7 percent less of the federal budget in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 than they did in FY 2014,