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Immigration Trends Highlighted at PAA Congressional Briefing

By PAA Web posted 04-01-2019 00:00


Briefing panelAccording to the nation’s top federal immigration statistics official, briefing a packed Capitol Hill audience on March 28, 2019, legal immigration has increased dramatically over the past 50 years, while unlawful entries at the nation’s Southwest border have fallen exponentially since 2000. Meanwhile, the total unauthorized population has remained relatively steady between 2005 and 2015.

Dr. Jasso, the Principal Investigator of the New Immigrant Survey (NIS), a nationally representative longitudinal survey of legal immigrants and their children, presented findings that shed light on the experience of immigrants as they integrate into U.S. society. The panel was moderated by Dr. Passel, a senior demographer at Pew Research and a noted expert on U.S. immigration trends.

The briefing drew a bi-partisan audience of congressional staff, federal agency staff and representatives of Washington non-profit organizations—including research, policy and advocacy groups—plus a wider audience joining via live feed on Facebook and Twitter. The briefing was the latest in a series of PAA-sponsored briefings stretching back several years highlighting population research with the potential to inform timely and relevant policy debates.

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News release.