Illegal Immigrants Having More Kids in US

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2009 8:13 PM CDT
Illegal Immigrants Having More Kids in US
The number of children born to illegal immigrants is rising.   (Shutter Stock)

The number of children born to illegal immigrants is rising rapidly, a new study says, raising a host of economic and social concerns. The number of such children rose from 2.7 million in 2003 to 4 million last year, the Washington Post reports. More than a third of the children live in poverty, about twice the rate of other US kids.

In addition, 25% of the children of illegal immigrants go without health insurance, compared to 8% of kids of US-born parents, says the Pew Research Center. Children of illegals now make up about 7% of the school population, suggesting the impact of the spike will be felt for some time. All babies born on US soil are automatically granted citizenship.
(Read more illegal immigrant stories.)

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