A recent Center for Immigration Studies report estimates that 297,073 of the 3,971,146 births in the US in 2014 accrued to illegal immigrants, or 7.5% of the total.
This is a primarily Latino phenomenon. This is obvious just from the five states which, at more than 10%, have the highest percentage of births accruing to illegals: Nevada, California, Texas, New Jersey, Arizona. Or from the five major metro areas where births to illegals account for more than 15% of the total: LA, Las Vegas, San Jose/Sunnyvale, Dallas, and Houston.
In contrast, only 40,000 births (or 1% of the total) accrues to what is called “birth tourism” – people who come to the US for the express purpose of giving their newborn a US citizenship (with all the associated future tax obligations, though in all fairness I don’t see how the IRS can enforce them).
China accounts for perhaps a third of this number, while Russians number no more than 1,000.
Not only Russian, but even Chinese birth tourism is basically irrelevant next to the anchor baby phenomenon, which exceeds all birth tourism combined by an order of magnitude.
Birth tourism is rather expensive – the standard package for Eastern Europe costs around $20,000, which is equivalent to about 3 years of the official median Russian salary. So the people practicing this are almost all going to be rich Americanophiles. Rich, educated, and (almost by definition) unpatriotic. Almost certainly a majority of them are liberals who speak English, dislike PUTLER, vote for pro-Western candidates, etc. Moreover, 99% of these Chinese (Russians, etc.) birth tourists will promptly leave the US, saddling their unwitting offspring with restrictions on employment in Russian state institutions and tax obligations to Uncle Sam.
Finally, there’s also the banal fact that birth tourism is legal, while illegal immigration is… well, it’s there in the name. And I don’t seem to recall any “pleading the belly” law as relates to immigration status.
- Anchor babies to illegals: ~7.5% of US births
- Legal birth tourists: ~1% of US births
- Russian births at Bad Orange Man’s hotels: <0.025% of US births