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


Ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will Harm Hundreds of Thousands of U.S. Children

| November 28, 2017 |

On November 20th, the Trump administration announced that it was ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 60,000 Haitians who came to the


7 Ways Congress Can Honor Children on Universal Children’s Day

| November 20, 2017 |

Countries all around the world are celebrating children’s rights today. Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the United Nations establishing November 20 to be


Children’s Budget 2017

| November 17, 2017 |

Children are receiving less than 8 percent of the federal budget—and this share fell 5.5 percent between 2014 and 2017, according to Children’s Budget 2017,


Annie E. Casey Foundation Releases Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

| November 3, 2017 |

“What could happen if the 18 million children of immigrants in the U.S. were given a path to opportunity?” Recently, the Annie E. Casey


White House Immigration Principles Violate Children’s Human Rights

| October 9, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—First Focus abhors the lasting harm to children that would result from the Trump Administration’s immigration principles, which were announced late Sunday night. “It’s


Trump Administration Ends DACA, Creating Uncertainty for Hundreds of Thousands of Children and Families

| September 8, 2017 |

Earlier this week, the Trump Administration announced that it would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which has been in


Trump DACA Move Jeopardizes the Lives of Hundreds of Thousands of Children & Families

| September 5, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–President Trump announced today that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) affecting nearly 800,000 young people and their families. First Focus


Trump Administration Rescinds Program for Children Seeking Safety

| August 17, 2017 |

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ended the Central American Minors (CAM) Parole Program. The Federal Register notice stated that DHS, “will


Senators Give Emotional Call to Stand with DREAMERS

| July 21, 2017 |

In a joint press conference on Thursday, July 20th Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced the reintroduction of the DREAM


Kate’s Law Makes Immigrant Parents Criminals and Harms Kids

| June 28, 2017 |

It’s well established that children of immigrants worried about their parents being deported have higher levels of toxic stress, which can be damaging to