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An estimated 5.5 million children and adolescents are growing up with parents who are unauthorized immigrants. According to a Fall 2011 report published by the Harvard Educational Review, these children are experiencing multiple developmental consequences as a result of their family’s status.
The authors of the report find that the effects of unauthorized status on child development are “uniformly negative, with millions of U.S. children and youth at risk of lower educational performance, economic stagnation, blocked mobility and ambiguous belonging.”
Immigrant children make up a sizable portion of children under the age of six in the U.S. Nationally, they comprise about 24 percent of the under-six age group, and that figure climbs to 50 percent in California. The report explores current early childhood education trends for immigrant children and offers suggestions for how to improve early education opportunities for immigrant children.
Suárez-Orozco is currently at UCLA. Suárez-Orozco was formally the Co-Director of Immigration Studies at NYU. Prior to moving to NYU, Dr. Suárez-Orozco co-directed the Harvard Longitudinal Immigrant Student Adaptation Study, an interdisciplinary research project examining the adaptations of Central American, Chinese, Dominican, Haitian, and Mexican immigrant adolescents to American schools. She is the author of Children of Immigration and numerous other books and articles.
According to new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, an estimated 340,000 of the 4.3 million babies born in the United States in 2008 were the children of unauthorized immigrants.
The data report, published online in July, reveals the family circumstances of the children of immigrants, including factors like family structure and parental employment.