Illegal alien mothers gave birth at a rate far higher than American-born women, according to analysis provided by the Pew organization. In 2014, illegal alien mothers gave birth to 275,000: which is enough to fill a city the size of Orlando FL or Springfield MO. The data was provided by the National Center for Health Statistics. In analyzing the data, the Pew Research Center showed that babies born to illegal aliens represent 7 percent of all births in 2014. A recent report released by Pew said, "In 2014, about 275,000 babies were born to unauthorized-immigrant parents in the U.S., accounting for about 7 percent of all U.S. births, and 32 percent of all U.S. births to foreign-born mothers."
 
Children born to foreign-born women, whether or not they are living legally in the United States, automatically enjoy American citizenship as a birth right. Some of them also become automatically eligible for public welfare benefits, such as food stamps, housing, and medical care.
 
The Pew report examined births recorded for unmarried foreign-born, and American-born women. Among the foreigners, including illegals aliens, the report found that the birthrate is dropping, even while it is still making up for the decline in births to American women. "A third of all births to foreign-born mothers were to unmarried women – down from a peak of 37 percent in 2008. At the same time, the rate has held steady for U.S.-born women and now stands at 42 percent," said Pew.
 
The analysis also found that the growth in the birth rate of America is entirely driven by immigrants. The fertility of foreign-born women remains far higher than that of U.S.-born women. In 1970, 86.5 births per 1,000 American-born women, while among the foreign-born the rate was 121.5 per 1,000. In 2014, among American-born women the birth rate was 58.3 per 1,000, while among the foreign-born it was 84.2.
 
"While the annual number of babies born in the U.S. has fluctuated in recent years – most markedly during the Great Recession when there was a significant drop in births nationwide – the trajectory over the past four decades or so has been upward. In 2014, there were 4 million births in the U.S., compared with 3.74 million in 1970," said Pew.
 
"This growth has been driven entirely by the increasing numbers of babies born to immigrant women. In 2014, immigrant women accounted for about 901,000 U.S. births, which marked a threefold increase from 1970 when immigrant women accounted for about 274,000 births. Meanwhile, the annual number of births to U.S.-born women dropped by 11 percent during that same time period, from 3.46 million in 1970 to 3.10 million in 2014," added Pew.
 
According to Pew, “The decline in births outside of marriage among the foreign born is being driven, in part, by the changing regions of birth of new foreign-born mothers. The share of babies born to moms from Latin America has declined, while the share of babies born to moms from regions such as Asia has increased. New foreign-born mothers from Latin America were roughly four times as likely as moms from Asia to be unmarried in 2014.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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