How many American children are ‘birthright’ citizens born to illegal immigrants?

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    Aug 22, 2015 12:49 AM GMT
    If the idea is that the child is used to ensure the ability to stay, it seems that parents tend to stay anyway. If the idea is that parents want to ensure citizenship for their children, so they arrive, give birth and leave, that's usually not the case.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/08/20/how-many-children-born-to-undocumented-immigrants-are-there-in-the-u-s/
    ...in short: 8.4 percent of the resident adult population of the United States in 2012 was the child of a person born outside the country. That same year, 4.5 million children born in the U.S. lived with at least one undocumented parent...

    ...By 2050, 36.9 percent of the population is expected to be first- and second-generation, split about 50-50 between the two...

    ...That doesn't answer the question before us, though. Pew provides numbers that get a bit closer to what we're looking for...

    ...In 2012, 4.5 million U.S.-born children under 18 lived with at least one undocumented parent. That was 6.1 percent of the population under 18 -- twice the percentage as in the year 2000...

    ...Many of those 4.5 million children were part of the group of 340,000 babies born to undocumented immigrants in 2008 -- about 7.9 percent of all children born that year.

    There are a number of qualifying factors that come into play here. The term "anchor baby," as Time noted in 2010, is often meant to suggest that people arrive in the country to have a baby that will then be an American citizen.

    That's usually not the case. About 4 million undocumented people lived in the United States with U.S.-born children in 2012, 38 percent of the total undocumented population (which has hovered around 11 million for several years, as of 2013). That's up from 2.1 million -- 30 percent of the undocumented population -- that lived with American-born children in 2000....

    ...If the idea is that the child is used to ensure the ability to stay, it seems that parents tend to stay anyway. If the idea is that parents want to ensure citizenship for their children, so they arrive, give birth and leave, that's usually not the case...

    ...Earlier this year, the Census Bureau announced that China passed Mexico as the place of origin for new immigrants in 2013...

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    Aug 22, 2015 12:50 AM GMT
    http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/02/07/second-generation-americans/
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