Mixed families raise questions about schooling, social services
With the number of “mixed families” increasing as illegal immigrants give birth to children who are automatically granted U.S. citizenship, immigration policy is becoming an increasingly more complex labyrinth. According to the article, advocates for illegal immigrants cite the imminent need for legislation that would legalize parents of children born in the United States. The number of children enrolled in schools by their illegal immigrant parents has risen in recent years, prompting some to call for more educational funding to help these families, while others see this as an opportunity to better enforce immigration policy. It is also clear that many of these legal children are vastly underprivileged compared to their classmates, often living below poverty and with no health insurance.
Immigrant advocates and members of Congress, hoping to build momentum for legislation legalizing unauthorized immigrants, have been highlighting the plight of their U.S.-born children in a series of public events across the country in recent months. But the issue also could heighten anxieties in many communities that the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants will increase demands on schools and social services.