Report: Children of Immigrants More Likely to Live in Poverty

Those of us who are children of immigrants already know this, but here goes: a new report by the Foundation for Child Development (FCD) finds that compared to American children of non-immigrants, children of immigrants are worse off when it comes to income, education, and health. The report, titled ​Children in Immigrant Families: Essential to America'sFuture​, is supposedly the first of its kind, which is both bananas and comes at a time when immigrants are vilified as much or more than the days of Ellis Island. Some of the most astonishing statistics, from a press release: 30% of immigrant children live below the poverty level (compared to 19% of children with US-born parents), and 25% will not graduate high school, compared to 18%. The latter stat surely has to do with the lingual xenophobia from which our country suffers—insisting on English only—whereas the poverty stats come in part from immigrants being compelled to take lower-income jobs, even if they were of more academic professions in their origin country. According to a press release:

Donald J. Hernandez, author of the report, finds the education statistics particularly troubling. “Studies have found that those who are unable to read by the fourth grade are unlikely to ever catch up, and are four times more likely to drop out of school,” says Hernandez. “These data show us that our education system is failing nine out of ten Dual Language Learner students in the U.S., and even a substantial majority of children whose first language is English. We simply must ensure that Dual Language Learners — and all children — are given a better foundation for learning.”


That's not all, Donald J. Hernandez—holler at that AZ Ethnic Studies Ban/free my people—but it's a start. For more information and more of the report's findings, visit the Foundation for Child Development here.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at June 14, 2012, 7:28am

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