December 16, 2011

Unauthorized Immigrants: Patterns of Parenthood

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Nearly half (46%) of unauthorized adult immigrants in the U.S. today are parents of minor children.

Nearly half (46%) of unauthorized adult immigrants in the U.S. today — about 4.7 million people — are parents of minor children. By contrast, just 38% of legal immigrant adults and 29% of U.S.-born adults are parents of minor children.

Much of this disparity stems from the fact that unauthorized immigrants are younger than other groups of adults in the U.S. on average, and therefore are more likely to be in their child-bearing and child-rearing years. The median age of unauthorized immigrant adults is 36.2 years old, about a decade younger than the median age of legal immigrant adults (46.1) and U.S.-born adults (46.5). Read More