News of the Day ... In Perspective8/6/2005
Study shows 10% of U.S. births are to illegal aliens
Nearly a quarter of U.S. births are to immigrants, according to a recently released study, a record higher than at the peak of the previous great immigration wave in 1910. Nearly 42% of those births are to mothers in the country illegally.
Mexican mothers account for 45% of immigrant births, the largest share of births to one country of origin in history.
“We are heading, if you will, into uncharted territory,” said the study’s author Steve Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies. “In the past, immigration was significantly reduced when it reached a similar level, but that’s not happening today.”
Hispanic and immigrate advocate groups called the study a veiled criticism of the U.S. policy of automatically granting citizenship to all babies born within the United States (Cox News Service, Ariz Daily Star 7/8/05).