Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Immigrants' children account for growing U.S. population, and lawmakers are taking note

Immigrants are keeping our country growing, money is going to Social Security and Medicare, taxes are being paid and businesses are being started.   - - Donna Poisl

Deseret News Amy McDonald, Deseret News

If not for immigrants having children, the U.S. population would be shrinking, according to a new report from the Urban Institute.

"Children of immigrants account for nearly one-quarter of all children in the United States. The share is growing as both the number of children of immigrants continues to rise while the number of children of native-born parents falls," the report says.

Vox reported that while the research shows immigrant children keep the population growing, it doesn't mean immigrant parents are having more kids. In fact, both native-born and immigrant women are having fewer children.
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