"Report: 1 in 15 U.S. students has illegal immigrants for parents"
The implications? One that not too many people are talking about: Children of illegal immigrants are unlikely to pick up as much knowledge of civics as other children. I can't cite any research for this. I don't think the subject has been studied.
Someone should undertake a study.
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Oscar - 4/17/2009
I've certainly heard the alligation before, but I'm not positive if anyone has tried to study it.
With that caveat, I think your assertion is likely too broad. Children of immigrants who hope to stay permanently strike me as no less (or more) likely to have an understanding of civics that children of native born parents in similar economic conditions.
Children of immigrants who do not plan to stay permanently are another matter.
As with many concerns raised by illegal immigration, this one can be used both by those who would legitimize the status of currently illegal resident aliens and by those who would wish to see them expelled.