Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Tennessee sees high growth rate in immigrant children population

The Nashville City Paper reports that since 1990 the immigrant children population in Tennessee has increased at a 165% growth rate, one of the nation's highest.

A recent report by the Urban Institute indicated that immigrant children are more likely to be in poverty than children of two U.S.-born parents.

"Dr. Kerry Mullins, director of planning and evaluation with the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) ... said the immigration population within the Families First program has increased from 611 people in 1999 to 1,269."

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