Births, not immigration, account for most of Hispanic growth in last decade
Mexican-American women accounted for 16% of the nation’s births in 2008.
July 14th, 2011
12:01 PM ET

Births, not immigration, account for most of Hispanic growth in last decade

Births have overtaken immigration as the driving force behind the growth of the Mexican-American population in the United States in the past decade, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

The same can be said for the entire Hispanic population of the United States, which grew from 35.3 million in 2000 to 50.5 million in 2010, accounting for 16.3% of the U.S. population, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. About 58% of that growth resulted from births rather than the arrival of new immigrants, the report says.

The trend is most evident among Mexican-Americans, whose numbers grew by 7.2 million as a result of births and 4.2 million from new immigrant arrivals in the past decade, reversing trends from the previous two decades, when the number of new immigrants matched or exceeded the number of births, the report says.

Mexican-Americans are the nation's largest Hispanic group,  at around 31.8 million, or 63% of the U.S. Hispanic population and 10% of the total U.S. population.

In the Pew report, the term Mexican-American applies to people of Mexican origin, regardless of immigration status. The study noted that in 2010, 52% of people of Mexican origin were in the U.S. illegally, and that 68% of births to undocumented aliens were to Mexican nationals.

What's behind the change?

Mexican-Americans are more likely than U.S.-born Americans to be in their prime child-bearing years, and they also have higher fertility rates, the report says. Another significant factor is a steep decline in Mexican immigration to the United States in recent years.

Hispanic births accounted for 25% of the nation’s newborns in 2008, the report says, citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. U.S. births are also disproportionately Mexican-American. While 10% of the nation’s population in 2008 was Mexican-American, 16% of the nation’s births were to Mexican-American mothers.

White children in the minority in 10 states

Meanwhile, the number of new immigrants arriving from Mexico fell by 60% between 2006 and 2010 because of declining job opportunities in the U.S., increased border enforcement and economic growth in Mexico, the report says, citing a previous Pew Hispanic Center study of Mexican immigration trends.

Age and fertility explain the high share of births among Mexican-Americans, the report says. On average, Mexican-Americans are younger than other major racial and ethnic groups, with a median age of 25, compared with 30 for non-Mexican-origin Hispanics and 41 for whites.

Mexican-American women also have more children than their counterparts in other racial and Hispanic origin groups. The typical Mexican-American woman between 40 and 44 has given birth to 2.5 children, compared with 2.3 children for the typical same-aged Hispanic woman and 1.8 children for the typical same-aged white woman, according to Pew Hispanic Center tabulations from the 2006 to 2010 June Fertility Supplements of the U.S. Current Population Survey.

The Hispanic share of the population is projected to rise from 16.3% in 2010 to 29% by the middle of this century, with the bulk of the future increase driven by births rather than the arrival of new immigrants, the report says.

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  1. Mexican soldier

    The reason white America is so angry is because no one likes to lose majority status. Whites from other European nations were also anchor babies at some point in this nation' history. Get used to our brown faces, we're here to stay and eventually we will become the majority. 2050, here we come! LMMAO

    July 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • dontbestupid

      I'm half latin and 2nd generation American, and unimpressed with your trashy in-your face mentality and ignorant generalizing. Respect the US and the people here or shove off matey, there's plenty of decent people we'd rather have come here than you.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • U_Mad_White_People?

      Amen, brother.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • U_Mad_White_People?

      Hey, dontbestupid. Try living up to your username. I'm not entirely certain MexicanSoldier (or any Hispanic for that matter) cares about whether or not you're impressed. The fact is, we are here, and we aren't going anywhere. Get used to it or get the hell out of the way.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Dreadnought

      If you're a Mexican soldier don't you belong in Mexico. If Mexico is so great then why is it a festering cespit?

      Decide buddy. I'm a brown skinned person myself but I wave the Red White and Blue and I stand for the Bill of Rights. If you want to wave another flag you're welcome to leave.

      Eventually we will be forced to deal with the nationalistic Mexicans. I'm sorry to say that Americans are slightly more technologically and tactically advanced. Any Mexican nationals should consider that before starting anything.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      It's not necessarily that whites don't want to lose majority status, rather they don't want Mexicans to gain it.

      No offense, it's just that they have a habit of sucking all our resources and increasing our national debt.

      July 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • sweet_genius!

      As an ex-American Soldier and True Texan I say: Don't forget the Alamo – You may outnumber us but you will never defeat us. LMTEXASAO

      July 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al Sanchez

      Right, a tidal wave of brown turds!! Just what the doctor ordered! You ignorant Mexican fool! I throw up on you !

      Al Sanchez

      July 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • myke

      Oh, just go cut my grass...

      July 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      Only ILLEGALS have anchor babies......our ancestors came here legally!

      July 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Garrapata.Red

      Veronica: Sorry, dear, you flubbed today's history test. There has never been a "legal" immigrant on this continent other than those here before the Europeans came. Just ask the Wampanoags, the Narragansetts, and the Mohegans. The Puritans came uninvited, encroached on Native lands in New England over 40 years, and finally King Philip's War erupted in the 1660's. I state this objectively, knowing full well that my direct ancestor and namesake, coming to the New World in 1639, was among the earliest "illegals" . As a t-shirt popular among my Navajo in-laws says, "Fighting terrorists since 1492", over which is a photograph of Geronimo and his's a truth you cannot deny.

      The fact is, many "ethnic" groups, be it Italians, Germans, Irish, Polish, Puerto Ricans, various Eastern Europeans of all stripes....all of these came here, and were looked down upon, were slandered for imagined slothfulness or hygienic habits or birth rates or language or culture or patriotism. And there were criminal elements; there always are in new immigrant populations: the Italians had them, the Russians in Brighton Beach had them, the Irish in NY and Chicago had them. But there were far more who worked hard, incredibly hard, to put food on the table honestly, to put their kids through school.

      The fact is, those whose ethnicity is not native to this continent all came here at some point in time, all looking for a better life. The truth is, we all "became" Americans. And that is why we are who we are, that's the true reason we are exceptional.....we were the "huddled masses, yearning to be free". Mexico has always had a special, and at times rocky, relationship to the U.S., born out of history and geography: the entire Southwest of this country was once Spanish, and then Mexican. The fact is, border issues were more or less nonexistent until the drug wars. Sure, you can blame the class structure of Mexico for the influx of impoverished Mexicans to this country, but the same thing happened to the Irish immigrants, hounded out of their own land by the enclosures forced by the English. Look back in your family history....we've all had hard times. But we flourished when we came to these shores, we worked hard, just like the Mexicans who clean my office and work construction and work the hotels and restaurants, who put their kids in school so they might one day succeed beyond their parents' wildest dreams, and we *became* Americans. If you don't see how this has always been our strength, then you're missing the whole point of who we really are.

      July 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aron Martinez

      Viva Aztlan

      July 14, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankie


      There is a good reason we don't want you MEXICANS to gain in population and certainly not the majority. Have a look around the world at all the black and Mexican run nations. SHOW ME ONE THAT'S NOT IN CIVIL WAR or the ENTIRE POPULATION ISN'T LIVING IN POVERTY and Squalor!

      Cat got your tongue... loud mouth?

      The only successful countries in the history of mankind were RUN BY WHITE BOYS! Then all the maggots like yourself roll in with your hands out and your mouths wide open spitting out more DUMB, uneducated babies for society to support!


      July 15, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. surfsouthbay

    That appears to be the main intent of having all these babies. To basically reclaim california as their own.The majority can barely afford to sustain life as it is so they pump out a bunch of babies further draining America. Its an infestation

    July 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      you should really read La Raza....the goal is to reclaim California, AZ, New Mexico, Utah and Texas...

      July 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • surfsouthbay

      Wendy sadly they will succeed. Our border patrol is weak, and America has become so "politically correct" that a person is condemned if they stand up for preserving anything. Enforcment of illigal immigrants is a complete joke, and they will pump out all these babies like dogs and get citizenship. They will drain everything out of the US because they dont embrace it, they want to overtake it. When my people came here from Europe, it was all aabout becomming American and trying to embrace the American tradition and trying to make America a stronger place. I dont see that with Mexicans jumping over the border

      July 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      It really is sad. You are right. The minute you try to stand up and defend your country, you are called a racist or worse. It is depressing some days to see what has become of our country.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HRH banasy

    Are you kidding me?
    Are you freaking kidding me?

    That's absolutely ridiculous!

    Other than that, I've got nothing.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. D Grant

    You don't have to just deport. Prosecute those who are hiring, renting and selling cars to them, that will help the solution. For all the bleeding hearts out there you won't let just anyone move into YOUR home and start having babies, why do you think America should? AMERICANS COME FIRST IN AMERICA!

    July 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emerson

      Do u not understand the increase is of Mexican-American not illegalals so we're American just that we have a mexican origin just like an Irish-American in NY is an American who parent we're from Ireland doesn't really matter because god still loves us for the human beings we are

      July 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Courtney

      "In the Pew report, the term Mexican-American applies to people of Mexican origin, regardless of immigration status."
      As you can see Emerson, just because they are born here and made legal, doesn't mean they were born to legal parents.
      I also saw that in another post you said they can't claim benefits. You are sadly mistaken, any person illegal or not can claim benefits as long as they have a child that has been born in the US.

      July 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankie

      If the government doesn't get them out the American people will, we will just end up in another bloody civil war, we are due for one anyway. Anyone can see that the corrupt leadership in America WILL NEVER CHANGE until this goes through another civil war and regains is values, the values it had when it was a CHRISTIAN NATION, run by CHRISTIAN VALUES and by leader with ballllls to stand up for their country.

      Allowing uneducated, diseased, non vaccinated, non English speaking, LOW IQ people to invade by the millions for some wild reason seems like a BAD IDEA doesn't it?

      July 15, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @Mexican soldier...actually the gay&lesbian community is the fastest growing sector of our population with one in seven American's claiming to be gay and/or bi. By 2050, the first lady's name will be Bob or Randy, not Pedro.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      I would welcome them with open arms as long as they are upstanding citizens and not third world trash.

      July 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      @ Veronica, you in the hell do you think you are?!! You come across so trashy and uneducated. My ancestors never gave your influenza, small pox infested visas. My parents are Mexican/Gabrielino Native, it is our country. If you don't like the change, get out!! No one is holding you back. If I were you, I'd change my tone or you and your family (if they think like you) the hateful outcast minority!

      July 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pedro

    We sure do amigo ! OLE !

    July 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DJB

    Our ancestors also took the time to learn English and try to fit in with the American ideal, as opposed to, say, reveling in the way they may be able to make a life-long payday at the gov't's expense.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Most red states have them most welfare recipients. Most red states have very small Hispanic population. Hence, majority on welfare are not Hispanic but White. Take a drive to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Idaho... I've been there. Tons of trailers parks and kids running around with no shoes, ugh...

      July 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Wendy

    Wow Mexican Soldier, you couldnt be more wrong. If anything we are angry because you came here, thumbed your noses at our laws, take free money, have babies at the working taxpayer expense and expect us to welcome you with open arms....the last part I can do, if you stop doing all the other mess. Our schools are bankrupt and over crowded....50 milllion people here, most here illegally, most are on some sort of public assistance, most dont pay the same income tax and property tax that we "whites" just want you to pull your own weight, stop shooting our border agents and respect the laws of the land you so covet.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emerson

      Plain and simple Wendy illegals can't claim no SS...... And I c more white on welfare than Mexican (simple reason we are a proud culture)

      July 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali999

      My Mexican-American nephews (non Spanish speaking, by the way) just became dads again to White babies who will probably grow up considering themselves "Hispanic" only if it helps them with affirmative action for jobs or college. "Hispanic" gets diluted pretty quickly in three or four generations, particularly when it isn't constantly "refreshed" by illegal immigration.

      July 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Polly

      Emerson,they will use yours,like they were using my without informing me about it.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Wendy and Polly: You are wrong, illegals get Tax ID Numbers from the government so they can pay taxes but are never able to collect any benefits. They don't take jobs, they are given jobs! They don't take benefits (the ones that do) they are given benefits.
      Wendy, red states have the highest welfare recipients; red states have the lowest Hispanic population, do the math. Most on welfare are not Hispanic but White. Ever been Midwest? Trailer/welfare heaven!!

      July 14, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankie

      No, us WHITES just them the phuk out of here!

      July 15, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. yay

    Remember the alamo!

    July 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. yay

    Remember the alamo! Remember who's land this originally was. Remember the Indians wow when was the last time ya saw one?

    July 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      I am so tired of this dumb argument really, yay, it is not a valid point. Did you drop out of high school or go to highschool in Mexico?

      July 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • sweet_genius!

      I seen one the other day when I looked in the mirror.

      July 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Z

      @ Yay... You must be speaking about the Native Americans. Mexicans came to this land long after it had been settled by the Natives. Maybe you need to remember who was here first!

      July 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      The Indians were here first....and then the Spanish conquered your weak asses...and then the Texicans took over.
      Get over yourself!

      July 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Wendy, you need to do some research and stop blaming everything on illegals. Again they are given jobs not taking. They are paying taxes they never collect under Tax ID Numbers, look it up. Go back to high school, take a few college courses, or go back to where ever it is you're from...

      July 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      @ Wendy, first of all, it's "Natives" not indians. Weak @$$es? Just like you're getting your weak asses handed to you right now? Funny how what goes around comes around...stop crying about this change, the face of this country is changing drastically at a rapid pace, keep up or get out!!

      July 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip's true. The case has been going on for a couple of years. Memorial Hospital settled out-of-court last week, 700K for the retarded baby. Now they have to decide how much to pay the mother for pain and suffering, a seperate case altogether. And really, isn't it about time someone sued Uncle Sam for doing such a lousy job patrolling our border especially since 9/11? How hard would it be for a terrorist disguised as an illegal Mexican woman to blow-up Memorial Hospital.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      How hard would it be for you, disguised as an American, to blow up Memorial Hospital?
      Do you see the error of your statement?

      July 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • myke

      First you'd have to find a Mexican woman that could do something other than spit out babies.

      July 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. American Name

    Ilegal immigrants squeezing babies out is nothing more than smuggling illegals. Before the cord is cut, kick them out. We need a National ID card. No card, no service, no Illegals. Simple

    July 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • WG

      Agreed. No card, no service, no illegals.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JulieB

      Good point, but you are overlooking the law that prevents hospitals from declining care to a person in an emergency health situation; apparently, they consider childbirth one of those.

      July 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. momof2

    probably not, unless they just got done filling the potholes you drove over or picking the produce you'll eat. They are similar to many Asians in that they value cleanliness and hygiene, and probably bathe more often than you.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Polly

      and were do they picking this produce?Home depot parking lots?

      July 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daddy

      And where did you learn how to write? The Home Depot parking lot?

      July 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • localpdx

      It would be cheaper to pay a higher price for produce than support these parasites thru our welfare, medical care, criminal justice and educational system.

      Deport every illegal parasite and change the 14th to block anchors from gaining citizenship.

      July 15, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      That's such an odd statement but ok... I'll entertain it... According to whom? That totally defies anything I KNOW of them personally. I would beg to differ.

      July 15, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Ironweed

      What a lame, ignorant comment.

      July 15, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • me

      Ahahahaha!!! Thats just a dumb remark.

      July 15, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. HRH banasy


    Put in that context, you're right.
    But I don't think illegal Mexicans have the terrorist mentality, do they...?
    Wouldn't that kind of be biting the hand that feeds them, so to say?
    Horrific thought, though!

    July 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kams

    The Hispanics in this country have an agenda to overpopulate the country as means to take over Unites States, they all knew why they are giving birth to 3, 4, 5 or to 8 kids to a family, they don't care to feed on $1 dollar a day, they do't care whether they are legal or illegal, their aim is clearly set to lobby people in power to help them push for thir agenda. Unfortunately some politicians conciences are bought to accept whatever Hispanics proposes for their political self interest whiles risking the future of Americans in the hands of spanish speaking people, one don't need any reasearch or studies to figure out what they are doing now. Americans act now before it gets out of controll. The hispanics have agenda to take this country from all.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • pax

      If you're so concerned of whites no longer being the majority in this country, then perhaps you might want to prepare for the inevitable by changing how you view and treat Hispanics. When they're the majority, you wouldn't want them treating or thinking of you with the level of mistrust and hatred you view them, would you? Unless we wisen up, it'll all come full circle.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      America rewards the reckless reproduction of unfit parents who can't even provide the basics of life for their offspring. All objective demographic reports show this to be true. Median income families have less than 2.0 children. That is a guaranteed dwindling population. Do we really have a "JOBS" crisis in America. Or is it a workforce/mentality issue? Crap in, Crap out.

      July 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
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