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


Press Conference: The Threat of the Public Charge Rule to America’s Children

| August 16, 2019 |

The Trump Administration’s public charge rule, published August 14, 2019, targets family-based immigration and specifically singles out children. First Focus on Children hosted a


Explainer: What to Know About the Final “Public Charge” Rule

| August 16, 2019 |

The Trump administration has finalized a rule that will expand the definition of a public charge when determining eligibility for individuals applying for admission


Press Release: First Focus on Children calls public charge rule “morally reprehensible, economically foolish”

| August 12, 2019 |

Urges Congress to block funding The Trump Administration’s new public charge rule, finalized today despite historic public opposition, imposes sweeping changes on long-standing, bipartisan


A Crisis of Compassion at the Border

| July 18, 2019 |

In anticipation of the House Oversight subcommittee hearing entitled “Kids in Cages,” I waited in the halls of the Rayburn House Office Building for


Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking — Housing and Community Development Act of 1980: Verification of Eligible Status

| July 8, 2019 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comments to a proposed rule expressing our strong opposition to the changes regarding “verification of eligible status,”


When the American Dream and Promise Act Passed the House

| June 5, 2019 |

Today we applaud the passage of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 by the United States House of Representatives. I


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


Trump’s Border Wall: Maslow’s Hammer Strikes Again

| March 11, 2019 |

When candidate Donald Trump was considering running for president, his advisors wanted him to focus being strong against both illegal and legal immigration — you know,


White House Proposal to End Government Shutdown Targets Children Seeking Asylum

| January 23, 2019 |

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to call up legislation that advances a proposal from President Trump to reopen the federal government in


Without Congressional Action for DACA and TPS, Hundreds of Thousands of U.S. Citizen Children will Experience Family Separation

| December 18, 2018 |

Because Congress has neglected to act, the future for more than 800,000 recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program still remains uncertain. In 2016, the Trump