Report: 8 percent of U.S. newborns have undocumented parents

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    (CNN) -- One of about every 12 babies born in the United States in 2008 was the offspring of unauthorized immigrants, a Pew Hispanic Center study released Wednesday concluded.

    According to the study, an estimated 340,000 of the 4.3 million babies born in this country that year had parents who were in the United States without legal documentation.

    The 14th Amendment to the Constitution stipulates that those children automatically become U.S. citizens, but some members of Congress are pushing to change that provision. That effort -- rooted in the debate over illegal immigration, particularly of people from Mexico -- has created some controversy.

    "This has got a lot of attention in the past weeks," said Jeffrey S. Passel, the study's author. "The idea was just to put a number on it."

    According to the study, 79 percent of the 5.1 million children of unauthorized immigrants in the United States were born in this country, making them U.S. citizens.

    Nearly one of four children born in the United States in 2008 had parents who were immigrants, the Pew study found. Of those, 16 percent of the parents were legal immigrants and 8 percent were in the United States without proper documentation.

    Many of those children are Latino, Passel said.

    More than three-fourths of all unauthorized immigrants in the United States in March 2009 were Latinos, the researcher said. And nearly one of every four children under age 18 in the nation was a Hispanic.

    That trend is likely to continue, the study concludes.

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    We are a country composed of all of the worlds people.

    doesn't excuse people coming here illegally. it doesn't make if right when they choose to disobey our laws as America is a country composed of laws as well.

    why is it that the hispanics are the only ones who don't seem to want to get in line, fill out the paperwork, and wait their turn.

    it's worked for millions upon millions for generation after generation.
     

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