August 12, 2010
Pew Study: 8% Of All US Births Are Children Of Illegal AliensTopics: Immigration and Border Issues, Political News and commentaries
I have to agree with Drew over at Ace's, I don't think the odds of ending birth right citizenship via constitutional amendment are very high, but I have to admit that stories like this do indeed inflame the debate over birthright citizenship:
Undocumented immigrants make up slightly more than 4% of the U.S. adult population. However, their babies represented twice that share, or 8%, of all births on U.S. soil in 2008, according to the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center's report.As much as the story is inflammatory is that it also begs the question of just how much all those children are costing the states, federal government, and individual taxpayers, let alone the fact that the child may sponsor other family members for entry into the United States when he or she reaches the age of twenty-one.
"Unauthorized immigrants are younger than the rest of the population, are more likely to be married and have higher fertility rates than the rest of the population," said Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer at Pew in Washington, D.C.
The report, based on Pew's analysis of the Census Bureau's March 2009 Current Population Survey, also found that the lion's share, or 79%, of the 5.1 million children of illegal immigrants residing in the U.S. in 2009 were born in the country and are therefore citizens.
Posted by Abdul at August 12, 2010 2:39 PM
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