Immigrants at the Federal level:
At the federal level, CHIRLA advocates for humane, comprehensive, and inclusive immigration reform. We ensure federal policies protect immigrants, challenge anti-immigrant legislation, work to reduce immigration enforcement, and seek investment in immigrant communities.
Policy and Advocacy's Federal Goals:
- A just and humane immigration system that leads to permanent legal status, united families, and worker protections
- Protection of the human and civil rights of immigrant families
- Less funding to deport immigrants and separate families
- More oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigrants by The Numbers
About 44 million immigrants live and work in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center. That’s about 13.5 percent of the U.S. population. Of them, 19.8 million are naturalized citizens; 11.9 million are Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs); and 2.1 million have temporary legal status, including 689,800 with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and 300,000 with Temporary Protection Status (TPS).
About 11 million immigrants are undocumented, and many have both deep roots in the community and citizen family members. For example, 16.7 million people in the country have at least one undocumented family member; 8 million U.S. citizens have at least one undocumented family member, and 5.9 million citizen children live with at least one undocumented family member.