Immigration Task Force

About the Task Force

Immigration reform is at the top of the congressional and presidential agendas. The economic, national security, and human rights impacts of the nation’s immigration system mandate reform informed by objective, data-driven, empirical research and analysis.

Children and the Crisis at the Border

BPC's Immigration Task Force hosted a discussion on the current child immigration crisis at our nation’s southern border.

 

Child Deportations: How Many Minors Does the U.S. Actually Send Home?

In the ongoing dialogue over the current child migration crisis, attention has recently focused on what happens to children after they are apprehended at the border. Several outlets have reported the number of children deported in recent years based on statistics from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While an increasing number of children apprehended are under age 14, the Pew Research Center recently released data that showed that 84 percent of children apprehended so far in 2014 were teenagers. Because of long backlogs in the immigration court system, some of these teenagers will turn 18 before their removal. In order to get a clearer picture of how many apprehended minors are ultimately removed, these “age-out” cases should be included.

America’s Demographic Edge

Developed countries like the United States are aging rapidly, and many face population stagnation or decline. This “demographic transition” leaves fewer workers to power the economy and pay into social programs, even as the number of elderly retirees increases. Immigrants make the U.S. population younger and sustain healthy population growth, giving the United States a demographic and economic advantage. Over the coming decades, the United States is projected to have faster population growth and slower aging than other developed countries. Without immigrants, the United States would lose this demographic edge. When immigrant contributions to population growth are removed, the U.S. population is projected to stop growing in the 2040s.

American population with and without immigration