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


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


Eliminating Child Labor at Home and Abroad

| June 17, 2017 |

  More than 150 million children around the world are forced into labor. Even in the US, it is legal for children as young


OVERVIEW: Impact of the President’s FY 18 Budget Request on Children

| May 25, 2017 |

  President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 seeks massive cuts to critical programs that help American children and families. It


Why Psychology Is Essential to Building Healthy Communities

| April 5, 2017 |

  EDITOR’S NOTE: This blog post is part of a national awareness campaign week focused on healthy communities. Follow online with #HealthyCommunities. Your house


#PFYchat: How Can We Protect the Mental Health of Immigrant and Refugee Children?

Event March 28, 2017 |

Mar 28 2017 Ended #PFYchat: How Can We Protect the Mental Health of Immigrant and Refugee Children? The American Psychological Association’s Public Interest Directorate