While 18 million youth in the country have a parent who was not born in the US, a new report shows that the economic, education, and health care access disparities for these kids compared to those with US-born parents is striking. The Foundation for Child Development led the research for the report, here are just a few of their findings:
- While 66 percent of children in immigrant families live with at least one securely employed parent (only three percentage points less than children with U.S.-born parents), 30 percent of children in immigrant families still live below the federal poverty level, compared to 19 percent of children with U.S.-born parents.
- Nearly twice as many children in immigrant families are not covered by health insurance (15%) than children with U.S.-born parents (8%)
- 25 percent of children in immigrant families don’t graduate high school, versus 18 percent of children with U.S.-born parents