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Anchor Baby Birth Rate Soars in LA, More Than 14 States' Total Birth Rates

A new study has found that the number of births by illegal immigrants in the Los Angeles metro area each year is more than the total amount of births each year in more than 14 different states and the District of Columbia.

An analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies of five years of births (2012-2016) found there are about 28,000 births to illegal immigrants each year in the LA metro area.

That is more than the overall number of births in 2016 for each of these states: Wyoming, West Virginia, Vermont, South Dakota, Rhode Island, North Dakota, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Montana, Maine, Idaho, Hawaii, Delaware and Alaska.

Most of these states have significantly fewer births than those by illegal immigrants in Los Angeles.

Nationwide, 297,000 births per year are to illegal immigrants, which the CIS study said “is larger than the total number of births in any state other than California and Texas. It is also larger than the total number of births in 16 states plus the District of Columbia, combined.”

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According to the study, about 7.5 percent of U.S. births are to an illegal immigrant mother.

The share of births by illegal immigrants in LA is staggering, reaching nearly 18 percent.

The Las Vegas metro area is close behind, with illegal immigrant births accounting for about 17 percent of the total for the region.

Nevada is the state with the largest share of illegal immigrant births — nearly one in six births.

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According to the CIS report, the states with the most births to illegal immigrants each year in the period studied are California, with 65,000, and Texas, with 51,000. Births to illegal immigrants represent one in seven births in these states.

The U.S gives unconditional birthright citizenship to anyone born here.  When immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally give birth to so-called anchor babies, their children can eventually sponsor an unlimited number of relatives from other countries.

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics, 148,610 people were admitted to the U.S. for permanent resident status in 2017 because of their children sponsoring them.

President Donald Trump has been implementing new policies to change this.

A policy set forward last December directed that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency be allowed to process illegal immigrant women in their first couple of trimesters of pregnancy into custody and begin deportation, granted that the pregnant women receive all necessary medical care.

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Trump’s new protocol marks a departure from former policies, which held that pregnant illegal immigrants could be detained only under extraordinary circumstances.

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Karista Baldwin studied constitutional law, politics and criminal justice at the University of Dallas and the University of Texas at Dallas.
Karista Baldwin has studied constitutional law, politics and criminal justice at the University of Dallas and the University of Texas at Dallas. Before college, she was a lifelong homeschooler in the "Catholic eclectic" style.
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American
Honors/Awards
Presidential Scholarship at the University of Dallas
Location
Dallas, Texas
Languages Spoken
English
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Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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