The number of children born to illegal immigrants is rising rapidly, a new study says, raising a host of economic and social concerns. The number of such children rose from 2.7 million in 2003 to 4 million last year, the Washington Post reports. More than a third of the children live in poverty, about twice the rate of other US kids.
In addition, 25% of the children of illegal immigrants go without health insurance, compared to 8% of kids of US-born parents, says the Pew Research Center. Children of illegals now make up about 7% of the school population, suggesting the impact of the spike will be felt for some time. All babies born on US soil are automatically granted citizenship.