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


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


Letter: Gov. DeSantis, protect unaccompanied children and withdraw your Executive Order and emergency rule

| December 20, 2021 |

First Focus on Children sent this letter signed by 73 child welfare organizations to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis urging him to safeguard the health,


Statement: End to settlement talks betrays migrant children

| December 17, 2021 |

In response to the news that the Biden Administration has ceased negotiations to financially compensate families separated at the border, First Focus on Children President


Agencies must strengthen standards and safeguards that protect unaccompanied children in government care

| October 26, 2021 |

Attacks on migrant children in the United States continue to threaten the well-being of children seeking refuge. In a May disaster declaration, Texas Governor


Ending “Remain in Mexico” Policy is the minimum: We must implement child-centered border policies.

| October 25, 2021 |

President Biden came into office promising a “fair, orderly, and humane immigration system.” While his Administration has taken important steps toward that goal —


Comments on Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

| October 22, 2021 |

First Focus on Children co-led the following comment to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)