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The Unique Challenges to the Well-Being of California’s Border Kids.  
Children Now, Kids Count. June 2007.
This report discusses the California-Mexico border communities that span two counties: San Diego and Imperial.  Half of all the children living along the border are in an immigrant family (families with at least one parent born abroad).  Children in immigrant families face similar challenges as those faced by low-income children, including below-average health outcomes.  Children are also subject to higher rates of asthma and childhood obesity.

In Focus: An In-depth Analysis of Emerging Issues in Health in Schools. Children of Immigrant Families.
Summary of The Future of Children. Volume 14, Number 2. Summer 2004.
Though children in immigrant families experience higher poverty and hardship rates, they are less likely to receive public assistance, including Medicaid, than other low-income children—children of immigrants are about half as likely to participate in Medicaid, a gap that has widened in recent years.  They are nearly twice as likely to lack health insurance, and they are more than four times as likely to live in crowded housing. 

The Future of Children. Children of Immigrant Families. 
Volume 14 – Number 2. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Summer 2004.
Regardless of how one might feel about immigration, there is no turning back the clock on the children of immigrants already living here, most of whom are U.S. citizens.  In the report, the strengths and challenges that set children of immigrant families apart from the mainstream population are explored. For example, compared with children of U.S.-born parents, children of immigrants are more likely to be born healthier and to live with both parents. They also are more likely to be living in poverty and to be without health insurance. Although indicators of child well-being vary widely based on the family’s country of origin, the overall trends are dominated by the large number of immigrants from Mexico, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean. The report describes the circumstances and needs of two groups in particular—Latinos and Southeast Asians.