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Undocumented Immigrants Having More Children in U.S.

Hispanic Business, Posted: Apr 16, 2009

Undocumented immigrants living in the United States are much more likely than the rest of the general U.S. population to live in a home with a spouse and children, according to a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center. Nearly half of all illegal immigrants live in a household with a spouse and children. That's compared to 21 percent in the general U.S. population, and 35 percent among legal immigrants.

The study, released Monday, also concludes that undocumented immigrants in the United States are much more geographically widespread than they were in 1990, when more than 40 percent of them lived in California. The report indicate that just six in 10 of the nation's undocumented immigrants are from Mexico. Others come from Asia (11 percent), Central America (11 percent), South America (7 percent), the Caribbean (4 percent) and the Middle East (less than 2 percent).

It also found that more and more children of undocumented immigrants are born in the United States: the proportion has risen by 10 percentage points since 2003, to 73 percent. About 6.8 percent of all K-12 school children have at least one parent who was undocumented in 2008.

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