While children of immigrant families are generally more likely to be poor and to struggle academically than those of United States-born families, their well-being varies far more based on their race or ethnicity and economic position than on their immigration status, concludes a study by the Foundation for Child Development.
In fact, for some racial and ethnic groups, children of immigrants are doing better than those of their native-born counterparts. For example, black children of American-born parents fared worse than all or nearly all other groups, both immigrants and other U.S. natives, on 15 out of 19 indicators. By contrast, black children of immigrant parents fared better than their native-born counterparts in income level, parent education and employment, and high school graduation.
A version of this article appeared in the August 07, 2013 edition of Education Week as Children of Immigrants