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


Fact Sheet: The “Best Interests of the Child” Standard

| August 2, 2022 |

What is the “Best Interests of the Child” standard?  The “best interests of the child” is a principle to ensure government policies safeguard the


Statement: SCOTUS ends “Remain in Mexico” policy

| July 1, 2022 |

The Supreme Court ruled this morning that President Biden can end the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which forced asylum seekers arriving at


Joint Letter: DHS, Implement the Homeland Security for Children Act

| June 21, 2022 |

First Focus on Children sent this letter signed by 30 organizations to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to thank him for


Report: Unaccompanied Children in Emergency Intake Site (EIS) Facilities

| June 21, 2022 |

In May 2022, the Women’s Refugee Commission and First Focus on Children led a delegation of 11 advocacy organizations to the Emergency Intake Site


There Must be an “After Title 42” for Border Policy

| May 17, 2022 |

From the beginning, First Focus on Children has decried the cruelty of the Title 42 policy, a Trump Administration policy that misused a public


Comment on Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

| April 25, 2022 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM or proposed rule)


Watch: “Survivor mode” is go-to for immigrant families during pandemic

| April 7, 2022 |

Advocates for children of immigrants are calling on lawmakers to eliminate restrictions that create — and perpetuate — barriers to support and services. One-quarter


Statement: Children to benefit from end of Title 42

| April 1, 2022 |

 In response to today’s order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention terminating the policy of expelling migrants under Title 42 of the US Code, First Focus


Sunday marks two years of turning away children; Title 42 still causing harm to children and families

| March 18, 2022 |

Sunday marks two years since the U.S. government began misusing an obscure section of federal law known as Title 42 to turn away children,


New USDA guidance will curb the chilling effect of public charge

| January 24, 2022 |

Earlier this month, we were very pleased to see that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued