Children of immigrants currently comprise nearly one quarter of all U.S. children. It is estimated that more than half of children of immigrants have one or more Limited English Proficient parent and are much more likely to live in poverty or in low-income families than children of natives. Additionally, over 5 million of these children, the majority of whom are native-born U.S. citizens, live in mixed status families with one or more undocumented parent. Due to the variety of risk factors impacting immigrant families, children of immigrants often face challenges in accessing health care, educational opportunities, and other social services affecting child well-being.
First Focus believes that federal policy related to education, immigration, health care, and other issues affecting children must take into account this growing demographic and ensure that all children and families, regardless of immigration status, have the opportunity to live the American Dream.