Conservative lawmakers...argue that birthright citizenship...encourages illegal immigrants to sneak in to have babies here in order to gain American citizenship for them. The Pew report found that about two-thirds of the illegal immigrant parents of the newborns had been living in the United States for at least five years.
By Julia Preston, New York Times
February 1, 2011
About 11.2 million illegal immigrants were living in the United States in 2010, a number essentially unchanged from the previous year, according to a report published Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research organization in Washington.
Despite continuing high unemployment among American workers, record deportations by the Obama administration and expanding efforts by states to crack down, the number of unauthorized immigrants in the work force — about eight million — was also unchanged, the Pew report found. Those workers were about 5 percent of the American work force. [...]
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