New research on unauthorized immigrants and other immigration articles – April 27, 2017

no-human-is-illegalThe Pew Research Center just issued a new analysis of unauthorized immigrant population in the United States. Among its findings:

  • The total number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States dropped to 11.0 million in 2015, the lowest number since the end of the Great Recession.
  • Mexicans no longer make up a majority of unauthorized immigrants, though they are the largest single group.
  • “Central America and Asia are the second and third most common birth regions for unauthorized immigrants in the U.S., after Mexico.”
  • “n 2014, 66% of unauthorized immigrants had lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years”

Mexicans no longer make up majority of immigrants in U.S. illegally (MPR, 4/26/17)

“[The Pew Research Center’s] analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that last year, there were 5.6 million Mexican nationals living in the U.S. without authorization — half of the unauthorized immigrant population in 2016. Mexicans have been the majority of that population since 2005, according to the Pew report.

“Although Mexicans still make up the largest group of unauthorized immigrants, numbers from Mexico have been on the decline since the Great Recession began in late 2007.”

More on Sanctuary Cities

San Francisco City Attorney on Sanctuary City Ruling: ‘We Should All Feel Vindicated’ (NPR, 4/26/17)

Sanctuary Cities, Explained (Moyers & Co., 4/26/17 update)

Trump’s Tweets On Court Blocking ‘Sanctuary City’ Order: 5 Facts To Know (NPR, 4/26/17)

US Civil Rights Commission Expresses Concern With ICE Presence at Courthouses (Immigration Prof Blog, 4/25/17) The Commission’s statement included this paragraph:

“Stationing ICE agents in local courthouses instills needless additional fear and anxiety within immigrant communities, discourages interacting with the judicial system, and endangers the safety of entire communities. Courthouses are often the first place individuals interact with local governments. It is the site of resolution for not only criminal matters, where a victim might seek justice when she has been harmed or wronged, but also for resolution of civil matters, including family and custody issues, housing, public benefits, and numerous other aspects integral to an individual’s life. “

Does cooperating with ICE harm local police? What the research says (The Conversation, 4/24/17) Summary of research concludes that, “public safety may in fact be undermined when police act as immigration enforcers, especially among those whose only crime is the lack of proper paperwork.”

And on the border wall

Mexico talks tough to Trump as border wall funding appears to stall (The Guardian, 4/26/17)

“The Mexican foreign minister, Luis Videgaray, tore into the idea of building a border wall, calling it “unfriendly”, “a hostile act” and “unlikely to fulfill the objectives” of stopping the flow of migrants and illegal merchandise into the United States.”

Build it and be banned: Lawmakers move to block state contracts for any builders of border wall (Los Angeles Times, 4/25/17)

“The bill by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) would prohibit any company from receiving a new or extended contract with the state of California if it participates in a future effort to build a new wall along the 2,000-mile international border.”

And other immigration news

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Announces New Policy Regarding Handling of Cases against Non-Citizen Defendants (Immigration Prof Blog, 4/25/17)

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez has announced steps in his office that will aim to prevent collateral consequences of convictions by tracking the immigration status of defendants and offering appropriate pleas.  The office also has two newly-hired immigration attorneys who will train staff and provide advise on plea offers.”

DACA-Eligible Immigrants Annually Pay $2 Billion in State and Local Taxes (Immigration Prof Blog, 4/25/17)

State and Local Tax Contributions of Young Undocumented Immigrants (Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, 4/25/17)

“The 1.3 million young undocumented immigrants enrolled or immediately eligible for DACA contribute an estimated $2 billion a year in state and local taxes.[iv] This includes personal income, property, and sales and excise taxes. …

“Replacing DACA with a path to citizenship could provide nearly $505 million in additional state and local taxes, increasing total contributions to at least $2.53 billion a year.

“Repealing the temporary legal status and work authorizations permitted by DACA would reduce estimated state and local revenues by nearly $800 million, and drop the total contributions to just over $1.2 billion annually.”

May Day to have immigrant tilt as workers plan to protest against Trump (The Guardian, 4/26/17)

A coalition of immigration, labor, racial justice, gender equality and LGBT groups have come together for the May Day protests, which are traditionally led by unions and other labor groups.”

Turkey deports foreigners working with Syrian refugees (Washington Post, 4/26/17)

“The Turkish government this week deported foreigners working with Syrian refugees at a leading U.S.-based aid organization, part of what appears to be an ongoing crackdown on international humanitarian groups there.”

Note to news junkies:

I love the Vox newsletter. Here’s a sample of their smart, well-written entries:

  • “Trump, true to form, lashed out over the decision, and vowed on Twitter that he’d fight all the way to the Supreme Court. [New York Times / Peter Baker
  • “But that’s Twitter. In an official statement, the administration was more calm and collected, writing that sanctuary city leaders “have the blood of dead Americans on their hands.” [Politico / Cristiano Lima]
  • “If you’re wondering, by the way, what exactly a sanctuary city is, there’s no clear definition (which is part of why the executive order was struck down). But in practice, they are cities and counties that limit their cooperation with immigration enforcement. In Washington, DC, for example, there’s a law barring police officers from asking about a person’s residency or immigration status unless they are investigating a crime involving immigration status. [Vox / Liz Scheltens, Dara Lind

I like Vox’s nightly newsletter not only because it’s well-written, but because it ranges far beyond Vox articles to include the best of other people’s coverage. If you want to subscribe, here’s the link.

About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet,, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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