Children Born By Foreigners as a Percentage of Total Children Born, By State

I charted some data I found on MPI. The data shows the percentage of children who are born by at least 1 parent who is a foreigner by state, out of the total number of children born. Legal immigrants, naturalized citizens, visa holders, foreign students, refugees and illegals are all counted. I find it incredible that 49.6% of the children in California are from families where at least 1 parent is a foreigner. Not all of these foreigners are illegal aliens, or Hispanic. Children who are foreign-born themselves are included in the data, but not broken out separately. They run about 3-6% of all kids in states with large percentages of kids born to foreigners.

Charting this data was slightly difficult. Micro$oft used to have the ability to map geographic data as an add-in for Microsoft Excel. That option is no longer available with newer versions of Excel. Microsoft does offer a free test drive of Map Point which is what I used. The eval version is neat in that it runs on a Citrix server, but is pretty brain-dead, to encourage you to pay $299 for the full package. I suppose you could do this in Google Earth or another open-source GIS program, but this was fairly simple. I found a chart with demographic by state, exported the chart to Excel 2007 running at the runaware site, and then manually keypunched the data into the spreadsheet, and used that to create the chart. There is no way to save the data from the remote session onto your comptuer or email it to yourself. I ended up doing control-print screen and finishing the data in Photoshop. I couldn’t find anything open source that was 1) easy to use 2) provided decent output. If you’re looking for Hawaii and Alaska, they aren’t shown, but are 29 and 10.4 percent, respectively.

Children of Foreigners in US States as a Percentage of all Children 0-17 Years

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2 Responses

  1. Cant argue with this!

  2. check out:
    http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2012reports/201242081fr.html

    Pasting from the report:
    HIGHLIGHTS

    SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES ARE NEEDED TO THE INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER PROGRAM TO DETECT FRAUDULENT APPLICATIONS

    Highlights

    Final Report issued on July 16, 2012

    Highlights of Reference Number: 2012-42-081 to the Internal Revenue Service Commissioner for the Wage and Investment Division.

    IMPACT ON TAXPAYERS

    In Calendar Year 1996, the IRS created the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) so that individuals who are not eligible to obtain Social Security Numbers could obtain an identification number for tax purposes. However, IRS management has not established adequate internal controls to detect and prevent the assignment of an ITIN to individuals submitting questionable applications. A lack of adequate controls over the processing of ITIN applications can result in the improper assignment of ITINs to individuals who have not substantiated their identity or foreign status, which can result in fraudulent tax returns. Controls are important because of the volume of returns processed. In Processing Year 2011, the IRS processed more than 2.9 million ITIN tax returns resulting in tax refunds of $6.8 billion.

    WHY TIGTA DID THE AUDIT

    This audit was initiated because TIGTA received IRS employee complaints referred from members of Congress alleging that IRS management responsible for overseeing the ITIN operation was encouraging employees to assign ITINs to applicants when the ITIN application was fraudulent. The objective of our review was to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the IRS’s process to identify questionable ITIN applications.

    WHAT TIGTA FOUND

    TIGTA substantiated many of the allegations set forth in the IRS employees’ complaints. The complaints alleged that IRS management is not concerned with addressing questionable applications and is interested only in the volume of applications that can be processed, regardless of whether they are fraudulent.

    The audit found that the ITIN application review and verification process is so deficient that there is no assurance that ITINs are not being assigned to individuals submitting questionable applications. Because of lax documentation requirements to obtain an ITIN, tax fraud can go undetected. Management also eliminated successful processes used to identify questionable ITIN application fraud patterns and schemes.

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