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Concerns About Children of Illegal Immigrants

September 27, 2011
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The children of illegal immigrants have problems because of the legal status of their parents. About 5.5 million children have a parent who is here illegally. Of these children, about 4.5 million were born in the United States.

A new study reports that the families of illegal immigrants suffer from “fear and vigilance.”  The parents’ are afraid of deportation. Fewer of their children enroll in programs such as food stamps and public childcare. The parents are not active in schools.

The Parents work long hours leaving them little time to help in the development of their children.

Children without legal status discover they are not legally qualified for driver’s licenses or financial aid for college. Their lives are different from siblings who are American citizens by birthright.

Many are working at low-wage jobs like their parents. They look for work they can do without legal papers. There is concern that the next generation will continue to be “outsiders.”

An earlier story about children in New York City found some of the same problems.

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