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Children in Immigrant Families: Ensuring Opportunity for Every Child in America

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March 3, 2011

By Wendy Cervantes and Donald J. Hernandez

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Children in immigrant families account for nearly one-fourth (24 percent) of all children as of 2010, and the vast majority (88 percent) are U.S. citizens. In fact, children of immigrants account for nearly the entire growth in the U.S. child population between 1990 and 2008.1 This policy brief draws on key indicators from the Foundation for Child Development Child Well-Being Index (CWI), as well as additional data, to highlight both similarities and differences in the circumstances of children in immigrant and native-born families.

First Focus would like to recognize the Foundation for Child Development’s gracious support which made this report possible.

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