Study Says One in Twelve US Babies Born to an Undocumented Parent

Thursday, August 12, 2010

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According to a new study released on Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center, roughly one in twelve babies born in the United States in 2008 had at least one parent who was an illegal immigrant. (That is around 8 percent, or roughly 340,000 of the 4.3 million babies born in the U.S. in 2008.) About 85 percent of those parents are Hispanic. This study comes at a time when several Republican senators are asking for a review of the 14th Amendment, which grants automatic citizenship to children born on U.S. soil.

Julia Preston, immigration reporter for The New York Times, explains the numbers in the Pew study and their possible political implications.


Julia Preston

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Arwa Gunja

Comments [1]


This report underscores the main issue with immigrants from South America. The issue isn't illegal immigrants. I am not races for saying this but rather being objective. The issues are:
- The most important one is the high reproductive rate. They have kids as soon as they get out of high school or sometimes before that and they have 3 to 5 kids so by the time they are 40's, they already become grandparents while most other races get married in their late 30's.
- Most of them don't have good education so they don't pay enough taxes compared to the benefits their children receive such as medical, school grants, etc...

The irony is that they come to America for a better life but if this trend continues, their children and grand children won't have that because America is just like their own poor countries in the South. If they can limit number of kids they have and not having kids too early so they can build a career and better family for themselves then there will be hope for their grand kids.

Aug. 12 2010 11:35 AM

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