218,000

October 4, 2021 | Number of The Day
Kids in NJ with an undocumented parent

According to the Children Thrive Action Network, an estimated 218,000 children in New Jersey have an undocumented parent. Of those kids, 29% live in poverty — nearly double the 16% national child-poverty rate. By and large, these kids are U.S. citizens.

The advocacy group indicates that a path to citizenship would lift 8,000 children in New Jersey out of poverty. Benefits would include success in school; access to critical services (like health and nutrition programs); better physical and mental health; and economic stability. Another benefit would be keeping families together, since the possibility of detention or deportation would be eliminated.

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