Hot on the heels of the Center for Immigration Studies report comes a study from the PEW polling organization, which estimates that there were 250,000 births to illegal immigrants in the US in 2016.
Given the vast challenges in estimating births to illegals, the degree of agreement between the two organizations – which have rather different “reputations” – is rather impressive:
- PEW, respected sociological research institute: 250,000 anchor babies
- Center for Immigration Studies, SPLC designated hate group: 300,000 anchor babies
The situation has gotten better since 2007, when births to illegals peaked at 390,000. This would mean the number has since fallen by 36%.
However, this would be partly mitigated by a 9% fall in the number of total US births during the same period.
At any rate, it’s also vastly most than the 30,000 births to illegals that were observed in 1980.