Immigrants' children account for growing U.S. population, and lawmakers are taking note

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  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    May 13, 2014 7:30 a.m.

    Six letters printed, and I haven't seen such hostility since..since..well, since the Mormons were booted out of the Midwest.

    For those who harp on "well, legal immigrants are OK, but the illegals can go back to their country and get in line"--do you realize that, for most countries, there is no line? Even a skilled worker in Mexico cannot get an immigration visa--it's not like there are only X visas of that type issued each year, there are NONE.

    But people can get around the law if they claim religious persecution. I wonder how many Utahns would object to an LDS convert in whatever country getting a visa here if they provided evidence that they were in danger because of their religion.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    May 12, 2014 11:08 a.m.


    Illegal-alien parents returning to their home countries are free to take their American-born children with them. Mexico for example duly recognizes these children as dual citizens.

    But many illegal aliens -- and their unscrupulous American facilitors -- are deliberately giving a false impression that they cannot do so and are falsely claiming that if America deports, it will "break up families." It is a double falsehood, since even if deportation were to break up families, this would be the parents' fault -- not America's fault. The very basis of the Christian Gospel also applies here: Equality at the law, consequences affixed to a given law, personal choice of whether to comply with the law, accountability for willful choices made, and then the reaping of consequences upon oneself and upon one's own children.


    "...they come to improve their lives and create a foundation of success for their children to build upon..."

    If they teach their children that dishonesty, illegality, and disrespect for one's neighbor is the way to get things in life, then no, they are not creating such a foundation. Bank robbers and shoplifters too are only trying to "improve their lives."

    May 12, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    A new award-winning worldwide book/ebook by ex-Salt Laker Lance Johnson that helps explain the role, struggles, and contributions of immigrants and minorities is "What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to Understand Crazy American Culture, People, Government, Business, Language and More.” It paints a revealing picture of America for anyone who will benefit from a better understanding. Endorsed by ambassadors, educators, and editors, it also informs those who want to learn more about the last remaining superpower and how we compare to other nations on many issues.
    As the book points out, immigrants and minorities are a major force in America. Immigrants and the children they bear account for 60 percent of our nation’s population growth and own 11 percent of US businesses and are 60 percent more likely to start a new business than native-born Americans.
    More importantly, they come to improve their lives and create a foundation of success for their children to build upon, as did the author’s grandparents when they landed at Ellis Island in 1899 on a cramped cattle car-like sailing from Europe to the Land of Opportunity and then on to Zion.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 12, 2014 6:51 a.m.

    This report is NOT news. Roy Beck at Numbers USA has been telling us this for decades.
    In fact, ALL the growth in the USA since the 1970s has been the result of immigrants and their offspring.
    This of course means that all the congestion, pollution, new classroom space, demand for landfill, new energy consumption, need for police/jails/prisons...comes from immigration.
    And did we, the people, vote for these high levels of immigration? Or did the elites decide for us?

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    May 12, 2014 4:32 a.m.

    By immigrants its safe to say they are all illegl aliens as are their offspring. Its a warning and red flag that its time to stop issuing citiznes ship and SSN to children of foreign nationals so they can be repatriated to their home countries of parents birth so its legal for them to take with them on their passports.

    It is criminal that the US is destroying the lives of families by not letting parents take their children conceived in their home land with them when they leave this country. We need some immigration enforcment changes in the 14th amendment laws to make sure children born in the wrong country are not given citizenship in the US. Include a document of birth with existing pass ports or undocumented foreign nationals to include natural children remains citizens of parents country.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    May 12, 2014 2:45 a.m.

    Typically, children are taught the values of their parents. Illegal aliens clearly have a basic disrespect for the rule of law and for other important principles upon which the country was founded. In 18 short years, most of these children then become, essentially, more or less, proxy voters for their illegal-alien parents.

    As a result, America begins to move downward toward the level of the countries from whence these illegal-aliens came. We have witnessed the progression of this process in California.

    Also: part of the reason Americans are not having as many children today is that they are saddled with the tax burden which pays the billions in welfare, education and other benefits that go to the numerous children of these illegal aliens.

    Politically correct or not, that is the fact of it.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 11, 2014 11:41 p.m.

    The huge elephant in the room totally ignored by this story is the unasked, and unanswered question:

    Are these figures for children of people who are legal immigrants, or are the children of illegal immigrants also included?

    Any child born in the U.S. is automatically a U.S. citizen, and there is reportedly a huge number of children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrant parents who came here specifically for that reason. Then, they can rely on the old "don't break up my family" excuse trying to avoid deportation and being made to obey the law.

    Legal immigrants and their children are welcome. Illegal immigrants are not welcome because we expect everyone in this country to abide by the rule of law, and that is "pro-family" in the long run for everyone. If we will not enforce our borders, then why should anyone here legally bother to obey any other laws?