The way Pew Research Center calculates the estimated number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States is the product of decades of work by Jeffrey Passel, senior demographer, along with former colleagues at the U.S. Census Bureau and the Urban Institute. Here are his answers to some common questions about the research techniques used to derive the unauthorized immigrant population estimate.

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Immigration crackdowns will make the labor shortage in Texas worse. An "ID and Tax" program would issue five-year work permits to those undocumented immigrants who qualify -- bringing them into our tax system and easing the burden on business.

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Much of the immigration rhetoric we’re exposed to in conversation and politics isn’t always representative of how immigration really works. An immigration lawyer helps some common misconceptions.

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President Trump threw in the towel Thursday on his legal fight to add a citizenship question to the census. A look at the history of the question reveals a complicated lineage. And all along, it has been tied up with bitter partisan fights over the racial makeup of the country and the distribution of political power.

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Chelsea, Massachusetts, is a microcosm of broader changes sweeping the United States, as the number of Central American immigrants increases and the number of Mexican immigrants decreases.

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Look at the immigration problem, at the issues on the border, at what lawmakers are doing in response and at the polling of what voters think. It looks like the fight might be more beneficial to the politicians than a solution would be.

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Section 1325 of the U.S. Code makes entering the United States “at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers” a federal crime. It was rarely enforced for decades but is now among the most prosecuted federal crimes in the United States. What changed?

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Migrants are often seen as a political headache in the countries they hope to reach and ignored in the countries they flee. Most live in limbo, but recent tragedies have focused attention on the risks they face and the political constraints at the root of them.

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Nearly every Democrat running for president supports the idea of providing comprehensive health coverage to undocumented immigrants, a sharp change from even a few years ago. Here’s a look at the policy behind the politics.

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As the Trump administration calls for tighter immigration laws, officials from the president on down claim almost all migrants are gaming the system because they fail to show up for court. What do the numbers say?

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What would happen if the part of the U.S. Code that makes entering the United States between ports of entry a crime were repealed? The answer is more complicated than you may think.

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The provision of federal law criminalizing unlawful entry into the United States -- which some Democratic presidential candidates now want to undo -- was crafted by an avowed white supremacist who favored lynching, which he justified by saying, “to hell with the Constitution.”

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The harrowing photo of a drowned toddler and her father along the Rio Grande illustrates the risks migrants are willing to take to reach the United States, even as increasingly hardline policies by President Donald Trump’s administration aim to keep them out.

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When President Trump tweeted last week that his administration would stage nationwide immigration raids the following week, agents at Immigration and Customs Enforcement were suddenly forced to scramble. The agency was not ready to carry out such a large operation. On Saturday, hours before the operation was supposed to start in ten cities, the President delaying it for two weeks.

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From the beginning of fiscal year 2015 through the end of May 2019, the absolute number and percent of criminal aliens encountered by the Border Patrol and the Office of Field Operations have fallen in every year.

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By Dahlia Lithwick and Margo Schlanger, Slate A year ago almost to the week, America became aware of the Trump administration’s policy, announced, then denied, then announced again, of separating migrant children from their parents at the southern border. Last year’s public outrage seems to have given way to numbness. In the months since this […]

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By Heather Stephenson, Tufts University Displaced by war, famine, and other hardships, migrants make perilous journeys across borders and even oceans in search of safety and economic opportunity. Yet in many cases, today’s more than 255 million migrants have been met with hostile political rhetoric, overcrowded camps, and limited options. Are there better ways to […]

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By Stuart Anderson, for Forbes Why are they coming? That should be the first question U.S. policymakers ask when deciding how to address the migration of Central Americans coming in increased numbers to the U.S.-Mexico border. At a recent event held by the National Immigration Forum, Ali Noorani, the group’s executive director, asked the key […]

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By Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press It was still dark when the first Guatemalan farm worker walked ashore in Mexico, just the bottoms of his shorts damp from the shallow ford of the Suchiate River. As the sky brightened, another man drove a big blue tractor across the muddy waters to Guatemala with a sprayer […]

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By Lola Fadulu and Zolan Kanno-Youngs, The New York Times Landlords and local officials across the country say a White House proposal to eject undocumented immigrants from subsidized housing would displace some of their most reliable tenants and add major financial strains to an already cash-strapped system. Officials with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, prodded […]

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