Differences by race and Hispanic origin*
More than half (54 percent) of all immigrant children were of Hispanic origin in 2017, compared with 14 percent of non-immigrant children. Non-Hispanic Asian children made up 17 percent of all first- and second-generation immigrant children in 2017, but represented less than 1 percent of non-immigrant children. In the same year, 16 percent of all immigrant children were non-Hispanic white and 9 percent were non-Hispanic black, compared with 64 and 16 percent, respectively, among non-immigrant children (Appendix 2).
In 2017, first-generation immigrant children were more likely than second-generation children to be non-Hispanic Asian, non-Hispanic white, or non-Hispanic black (27, 19, and 12 percent, respectively, among first-generation immigrant children, compared with 15, 16, and 8 percent of second-generation children). Higher proportions of second-generation immigrant children were Hispanic than first-generation children (57 and 39 percent, respectively) (Appendix 2).
*Hispanic youth may be of any race.