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    More than 808,000 Children of Immigrants Turn 18, Eligible to Vote Each Year

    More than 808,000 Children of Immigrants Turn 18, Eligible to Vote Each Year

    AP/Mark Avery
    by CAROLINE MAY24 Dec 20151

    Nearly a million U.S.-born citizen children of immigrants are turning 18 each year and will be eligible to vote, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data issued this month by the Center for Immigration Studies.

    In a short assessment of the overall totals of immigrants and their citizen children in the U.S., CIS’s Steven Camarota reports that in 2014 there were 42,235,749 immigrants in the U.S., and 16,773,337 U.S.-born children under the age of 18 had either an immigrant mother or father. This means, combined, there are are 59,009,086 immigrants and their U.S.-born children in the U.S.

    The analysis further highlights that each year 808,128 U.S-born children of immigrants turn 18 and, as citizens of the U.S., are eligible to vote.

    Immigration activist groups have pointed to the newly voting-eligible U.S. citizen children as a ripe bloc to register and encourage to vote.

    Included in that total is 503,718 children of immigrants from Latin America, 66,081 children of immigrants from English-speaking countries, and 42,163 children of immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries.

    Additionally about 124,295 of the U.S. citizen children were born to immigrants in poverty.

    Earlier this month, for example, the Latino Victory Foundation and the National Partnership for New Americans launched an effort called the New American Democracy Campaign aimed at registering the citizen children of immigrants and encouraging eligible immigrants to naturalize and register to vote.


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    well in my book they are not a US Citizen & you all know this as well wake up

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    And the activists are already busy in the high schools lining up for them to register when they turn 18.
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    That is the plan....

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    New wave of migrant children explain why they traveled solo

    MISSION, Texas – The seven children had just crossed the river, shoes still caked with mud, when U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped them.

    The youngest was 6, Jon Smith Figueroa Acosta, he said, and he’d made the 2,000-mile journey from Honduras.

    He did not know to what city or state he was headed, but he had a phone number for his father in the United States.

    “Estoy solo,” he said, meaning, “I’m alone.”

    It was unclear how long the group had been traveling together, or who had brought them across the Rio Grande.

    There were two teenage siblings whose mother had sent for them after their elderly grandmother in Honduras could no longer care for them, and two teenage Nicaraguans.

    Luis Arias Dubon, 15, said the trip required he walk through much of Mexico for nearly a month. He left San Pedro Sula, Honduras, when he was threatened by members of the deadly 18th Street gang.

    “They tried to force me into the gang,” he said, adding he was afraid they’d kill him.

    The recent spike in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border brought U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske to the Rio Grande Valley sector this month.

    “Historically the numbers would not be at the levels we see right now,” Kerlikowske said, while standing in a warehouse where about 20 migrant children rested on large green mattresses, wrapped in reflective plastic blankets.

    “The concerning part is, are we seeing the new normal?”

    A total of 10,588 unaccompanied children crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in October and November, more than double the 5,129 who crossed during the same two months in 2014, federal statistics show.

    The number of family members crossing together, meanwhile, has nearly tripled, to 12,505.

    And though the influx began in July, the numbers were slightly higher this fall, a time when colder weather usually drives down the number of migrants crossing.

    Kerlikowske said his agency was better prepared to handle the influx than in summer 2014, when tens of thousands of unaccompanied children and families poured over the border, taxing agents and holding areas.

    Recently, two camps in North Texas have opened as shelters, housing 900 unaccompanied child migrants from countries that don’t border the U.S., who under federal law must be handed over to the Department of Health and

    Human Services within three days of being detained. A third facility is on the way, which will hold another 200.

    The children are being sent north to prevent a backlog at the border, health officials said.

    The child migrants must be cared for until they can be united with a relative or sponsor, where they remain until immigration courts can decide on their cases.

    In McAllen, Texas, a respite center run by Catholic Charities looks after families who have been released by the Border Patrol and given notices to appear at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices and immigration courts.

    On the other side of the border in Reynosa, Mexico, migrant shelters – where people await to cross – were mostly empty. Maria Nidelvia Avila, the director of the Casa del Migrante, said children who travel without a parent don’t stay

    in shelters. Instead, they go to bus terminals, then to stash houses around the outskirts of the city.

    The journey through Mexico can be dangerous, as Marleny Gonzalez, who was staying at a nearby shelter in Mexico with her daughter, could attest.

    The 24-year-old Guatemalan was in the bed of a pickup truck with other Central American migrants when it overturned near San Fernando, two hours south of Reynosa. Gonzalez wasn’t hurt, but her 4-year-old’s legs were broken.

    “Almost all my family is in the United States,” Gonzalez said. “I felt alone. My girl didn’t have a father, so I wanted to travel.”

    Given her daughter’s precarious state, she wasn’t sure now whether she would make the rest of the trip.

    New wave of migrant children explain why they traveled solo - - Dec. 25, 2015

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