We support the rights of immigrants and refugees in this country. We will continue to fight President Trump’s unconstitutional ban on refugees from predominantly-Muslim countries. We will continue to speak out against the waste of time and taxpayer dollars that is the proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. We applaud Indiana University’s condemnation of these executive orders and urge the University to continue to work with us and other organizations to protect immigrants and refugees. No ban. No wall.
- The number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. has stabilized in recent years after decades of rapid growth
- Mexicans make up about half of all unauthorized immigrants (49%), though their numbers have been declining in recent years.
- Six states alone account for 60% of unauthorized immigrants (California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey and Illinois)
- Unauthorized immigrants make up 5.1% of the U.S. labor force
- About 7% of K-12 students had at least one unauthorized immigrant parent in 2012
- In 2013, close to 47 percent of immigrants (19.3 million) were naturalized U.S. citizens. The remaining 53 percent (22.1 million) included lawful permanent residents, unauthorized immigrants, and legal residents on temporary visas, such as students and temporary workers.
- In 2013, approximately 50 percent (20.4 million) of the 41.1 million immigrants ages 5 and older were LEP (Limited English Proficiency)
President Obama’s DACA Program
- DACA temporarily defers deportations from the U.S. for eligible undocumented youth and young adults, and grants them access to renewable two-year work permits and Social Security Numbers
- Young adult immigrants have become more integrated into the nation’s economic and social institutions
- Almost 60 percent of DACA beneficiaries surveyed have obtained a new job since receiving DACA, and 45 percent have increased their earnings
- 57 percent have obtained a driver’s license
- Almost half of our DACA beneficiaries (49 percent) have opened their first bank account, and one-third (33 percent) have obtained their first credit card