AP100609052780Though illegal immigrants are only 4 percent of the U.S. population, their offspring make up about 7 percent of all children under 18 in the country, according to a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center.
About four out of five of those children were born in the country and are U.S. citizens. In total, 4 million U.S.-born children have at least one illegal immigrant parent. Some anti-illegal immigration activists call these children "anchor babies," a derogatory term that means the child anchors his illegal-immigrant parents to the country.
Meanwhile, a CNN poll finds that 49 percent of Americans approve of amending the Constitution to prevent U.S.-born children from automatically being granted citizenship if their parents are in the country illegally.Read More »from One in 15 kids in U.S. has illegal-immigrant parents