Babies born in the US are driving the fastest growth of the nation’s Latino population, according to a new study from the Pew Hispanic Center.
An analysis of US census data found that the trend could have major political impacts for Latinos as the number of US-born Mexican Americans surpasses that of their illegal immigrant counterparts.
“As these young Latinos age, they will enter public schools, participate in the nation’s economy as workers and consumers, and enter the growing pool of Hispanic eligible voters,” said Mark Hugo Lopez, the associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center and coauthor of the study.
Mexican Americans currently make up more than 60 percent of the nations Hispanic population. The analysis discussed how a mass Mexican migration to the US began in 1970s and reached its peak in the 1990s. The young immigrants who crossed the border years ago have likely reproduced and added to the US population by now, the study says.
There are 11.2 million illegal immigrants in the US, according to a previous study by the organization. In addition, it found there has been a marked decrease in illegal immigration, particularly in Colorado, Florida, New York and Virginia.