Myth: Undocumented immigrants give birth to children in the United States to avoid deportations.
Fact: When an undocumented immigrant gives birth to a child in the United States, that child is a U.S. citizen. But undocumented parents with U.S. citizen children remain at risk of detention and deportation.
- In the first six months of 2011, the U.S. deported more than 46,000 parents of U.S. citizen children.
- If a U.S. citizen wants to petition for foreign-born parents, the child must be at least 21 years old.