The number of births in the U.S. to unauthorized immigrants in 2014 was 275,000, continuing a trend of decreasing births to unauthorized immigrants since 2009 (the end of the Great Recession). Pew Research Center staffers Jeffery F. Passel and D'Vera Cohn report on this decrease which contrasts the stabilization of the immigrant population between 2009 and 2014.

While unauthorized immigrants account for only 3.5% of the U.S. population, they contribute to a higher share of U.S. births due to such factors as a higher share of women in their childbearing years:

A separate Pew Research Center report released today, which examines trends in births to all foreign-born women, finds that these births are driving growth in U.S. births overall. The report also looks at characteristics of immigrant mothers, and finds that a rising share of births to immigrant mothers are to those who are married.

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