Ending birthright citizenship in the United States could have a big impact in Georgia.
There were 145,046 U.S.-born children of unauthorized immigrants living in the Peach State in 2016, according to estimates by the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington-based nonprofit think tank. Nationwide, the number was 4 million that same year. Meanwhile, there were 351,000 unauthorized immigrants living in Georgia in 2016.
In 2015, the institute released a report saying that ending birthright citizenship for U.S. babies with two unauthorized immigrant parents would increase the existing population of unauthorized immigrants in America by 4.7 million by 2050.
“Repealing birthright citizenship would create a self-perpetuating class that would be excluded from social membership for generations,” Michael Fix, a senior fellow at the institute, said in his commentary.
U.S.-BORN CHILDREN OF UNAUTHORIZED IMMIGRANTS BY GEORGIA COUNTY IN 2016
» Cherokee: 3,000
» Clayton: 7,800
» Cobb: 16,800
» DeKalb: 13,600
» Forsyth: 3,200
» Fulton: 12,200
» Gwinnett: 29,000
» Hall: 10,900
» Whitfield: 5,900
Source: Migration Policy Institute
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