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Best of Immigration Progress: 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, we reflect on the historic year behind us and the work ahead for immigration policy. We have compiled our favorite pieces from this year and hope you’ll enjoy taking a look back at all that we accomplished together.

The Cost of Inaction on Immigration Reform

cursor icon Interactive It has been months since the Senate passed immigration reform. Each day the House delays immigration reform, millions of dollars are lost in tax revenues.

Fast for Families

Notes from the Fast for Families Tent

The Fast for Families tent, and the depth of commitment of those fasting, has become a source of power for the immigration reform movement, and proof positive that reform will prevail.


National and State-by-State Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform

article icon Issue Brief Granting undocumented immigrants legal status and a road map to citizenship would have economic benefits for individual states and the nation as a whole.

Infographic: Not Difficult Enough?

The Senate's 13-year path to citizenship requires immigrants to clear many hurdles. Don't let the House add more.

Immigration rally

Improving Lives, Strengthening Finances: The Benefits of Immigration Reform to Social Security

article icon Issue Brief Providing an earned pathway to legal status and citizenship for undocumented immigrants will improve the solvency of Social Security.

immigration reform protest

The Facts on Immigration Today

article icon Issue Brief Everything you need to know about our foreign-born population, their impact on the economy, current immigration policy, and the voting power of new Americans.

The Contributions of Immigrants and Their Children to the American Workforce and Jobs of the Future

book_alt2 icon Report With large numbers of jobs coming open in every sector of the economy and at all skill levels from now to 2030, immigrants and their children will be critical to the continued dynamism of the American workforce and economy.

FOIA request

Dignity Denied: LGBT Immigrants in U.S. Immigration Detention

book_alt2 icon Report Reforms to our immigration system must include protections for LGBT immigrants, who are particularly vulnerable to abuse and mistreatment.

Making Sense of the Senate and House’s Visions of Immigration Reform

article icon Issue Brief As 2013 comes to an end, we examine how House Republicans’ piecemeal approach stacks up against the Senate’s broad immigration reform bill passed in June.

U.S. military citizenship ceremony

New Americans in Our Nation’s Military

article icon Issue Brief In light of Veterans Day, this issue brief looks at how immigrants have historically played—and continue to play—a key role in U.S. military readiness.

Who Would the SAFE Act Endanger?

The SAFE Act, an extreme enforcement-only immigration bill, would make criminals not just of undocumented immigrants and those who have violated the terms of their immigrant visa but also of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who might interact with undocumented immigrants in their day-to-day activities.

Undocumented immigrants filling out DACA application forms at Navy Pier in Chicago

Undocumented No More

book_alt2 icon Report This analysis of the first year of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program examines its implementation; which groups have had the most success with the program; and the role that community-based organizations, new and traditional media, and the political context of individual states play in DACA implementation and outreach.

Dual shadows

Living in Dual Shadows

book_alt2 icon Report Because LGBT undocumented people find themselves at the intersection of two already marginalized groups—the LGBT population and the undocumented population—they are among society’s most vulnerable individuals.

Immigration activists

Immigrants Are Makers, Not Takers

Despite outlandish claims from immigration reform opponents, immigrants provide a net benefit to the American economy.

U.S. Mexico border

Infographic: Setting the Record Straight on Immigration and Border Enforcement

Those opposed to comprehensive immigration reform still point to deficiencies in border security as a reason to stall new immigration policy, but they are ignoring the facts.