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June 13, 2016

Thirty-six percent of New Jersey’s children are members of an immigrant family, while only five percent are foreign born, according to the new Kids Count survey which is conducted by the Advocates for the Children of New Jersey. That equates to 733,000 kids, or a 5 percent increase since 2010. Of those, 103,338 children are foreign born, a drop of 12 percent since that year.

Only 21,000 of those children were born to immigrant families who have lived in the United States for five years or less.

Of these 733,000 immigrant families, 19 percent live below the federal poverty line and 40 percent live below 200 percent of the poverty line.

Only 28 percent of these children speak a language other than English at home; 74 percent are in married-couple families, compared with 65 percent in U.S.-born families. And 49 percent own their homes.

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