Findings From the 1999 National Survey of American Families
The report documents substantial poverty and hardship among immigrant children in the post-welfare reform era. In 1999, nearly one-quarter of all children of immigrants lived in families that were poor compared with 16 percent of children of natives. Children of immigrants were more likely to live in families experiencing food hardship; more than twice as likely to live in families that pay more than half of their income on housing; more than four times as likely as children of natives to live in crowded housing; and more than twice as likely to be uninsured than children of natives. The brief shows great variation among CA, CO, FL, MA, NJ, NY, TX, and WA, home to 71 percent of all children of immigrants. These findings are all the more striking since 78 percent of the children of immigrants are U.S. citizens.