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b asked in Education & ReferenceHomework Help · 1 decade ago

Children and Poverty in the United States?

I am writing an essay on this topic and I Need some help on points I need elaborate on because it is such a big topic.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I found this for you. (site link provided.)

    As a result of this dramatic inflow of low-skill immigrants,

    One-third of all immigrants live in families in which the head of the household lacks a high school edu­cation; and

    First-generation immigrants and their families, who are one-sixth of the U.S. population, comprise one-fourth of all poor persons in the U.S.

    Immigration also plays a large role in child poverty:

    Some 38 percent of immigrant children live in families headed by persons who lack a high school edu­cation;

    Minor children of first-generation immigrants comprise 26 percent of poor children in the U.S.; and

    One out of six poor children in the U.S. is the offspring of first-generation immigrant parents who lack a high school diploma.


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    Over 37 million people in the United States lived in poverty in 2007

    The number of people living in poverty has increased by almost 6 million since 2000. U.S. Census Bureau, 2008

    Over 15.5 million people lived below half of the poverty line in 2007. U.S. Census Bureau, 2008

    37 percent of households headed by women with children present lived in poverty in 2007. U.S. Census Bureau, 2008

    In 2007, the poverty threshold for a family of four was $21,203. U.S. Census Bureau, 2008

    Children in the United States have the highest poverty rate of all age groups

    Over 13 million children (age 18 and younger) lived in poverty in 2007. U.S. Census Bureau, 2008

    The poverty rate for children was 18 percent in 2007—much higher than the poverty rates for adults 18-64 (10.9 percent) and for the elderly (9.7 percent). U.S. Census Bureau, 2008

    A family of four generally needs to earn twice the poverty threshold to provide children with basic necessities. National Center for Children in Poverty, 2008

    Employment alone is not always sufficient to provide a family’s basic needs

    55 percent of children in low-income families have at least one parent who works full-time, year-round. National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), 2008

    36 percent of households receiving emergency food assistance had at least one employed adult. Feeding America, 2007 (Formerly America’s Second Harvest)

    In 2005, 25 percent of all workers earned a poverty level hourly wage.Economic Policy Institute, 2008

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  • 1 decade ago

    Poor people should not have children they cannot afford to feed. They also have no right to demand that the socially and sexually responsible taxpayer feed them either. Poverty is also a major result for girls who get pregnant out of wedlock. Divorce also dumps many women and children into poverty. Practice birth control, or just plain don't have sex (if your religion prohibits artificial birth control).

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