Recent immigrants to the United States tend to face economic and social hardships at rates disproportionately greater than the rest of the population. According to the latest U.S. Census (2000), there are more than 31 million immigrants residing in the United States – more than eleven percent of the total population. Immigrants contribute in many positive ways to the work force, the tax base, and local communities, yet almost 43 percent of immigrants work at jobs paying less than $7.50 per hour, and children of immigrants are more likely to be poor and uninsured than children of U.S.-born citizens. Despite the hardships faced by many immigrants, public policy in recent years has too often failed to address the needs of immigrants. Some essential social services for certain legal immigrant families have been eliminated altogether.
For more information on this issue, visit CHN’s Public Policy Priorities, 2013-2014.
ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Page
American Friends Service Committee – immigrants’ rights page
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Migration Policy Institute
National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium
National Council of La Raza
National Immigration Law Center
Policy Analyses and Research
- February 20, 2013National Employment Law Project: Workers’ Rights on ICE