Pew Hispanic Center: Eight Percent of U.S. Newborns Are to Illegal Aliens

FAIR Legislative Update, February 7, 2011

According to a new report issued by the Pew Hispanic Center, illegal aliens gave birth to eight percent of the newborns in the U.S. from March 2009 to March 2010. The report revealed that within the time period studied, 350,000 newborns had at least one illegal alien parent, up 10,000 from the previous year. Of the illegal aliens having babies in 2009-2010, nine percent had arrived in the U.S. in 2008 or later. Thirty percent of the illegal aliens arrived in the U.S. between 2004 and 2007, with the remaining illegal aliens having arrived sometime before 2004. The report also revealed that 17 percent of newborns had parents who are legal immigrants, meaning that 26 percent of those born in the U.S. this last year were to non-natives.

[The report “Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends, 2010” can be read here.]

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