Posted on April 19, 2018

Study: Nearly 1 in 4 Children Has at Least One Immigrant Parent

John Bowden, The Hill, April 18, 2018


A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that about 20 million children living in the U.S. in 2016, or about 23 percent, had at least one parent who immigrated to the U.S. Most of those children, 89 percent, are citizens of the U.S. themselves, the study adds.

More half of those children live in just four states: California (23 percent), Texas (13 percent), New York (8 percent) and Florida (8 percent), according to the study.


About 8 million of the roughly 20 million children living with an immigrant parent were covered under either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The study states that cuts to CHIP or Medicaid would “increase the uninsured rate among immigrant families, negatively affecting the financial stability of families and the growth and healthy development of their children.”