How we as Hispanics feel toward DACA and immigration reform, generally, isn't simply an ideology. It's a lived experience, a reality that touches so many of our lives as this piece by the National Research center on Hispanic Children & Families reveals.
Why the number matters
Getting to the number
Approach 1: Combining estimates from the Pew Research Center and the Current Population Survey
Approach 2: Linking information from the Department of Homeland Security and the American Community Survey
Approach 3: Extrapolating from the Survey of Income and Program Participation
? = 28.0%
b Latin America includes Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
c This method of comparing DHS and Census estimates is adapted from Massey (2015).47DHS reported that 8.9 million people born in North America and 0.7 million people born in South America were unauthorized immigrants in the United States. Unauthorized Canadian immigrants were included, but comprised 1 percent of the unauthorized immigrant population in the United States.
d Some research suggests that unauthorized immigrants, who tend to be younger than people in the general population, have more children than authorized immigrants or non-immigrants. If unauthorized immigrants have higher rates of childbearing, in general, than others, the proportion of Hispanic children with an unauthorized immigrant parent will be higher. Thus, we have applied the most conservative assumption to derive this estimate.
e 2010 is the most recent year for which estimates of the unauthorized population by country of origin are available.
f A multiple imputation approach, which takes into account other characteristics of unauthorized immigrants, yields a similar estimate: 28.6 percent (available upon request).53
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