The U.S. birth rate in 2011 fell to its lowest point since 1920, largely due to fewer births by immigrant women, the Pew Research Center reported on Thursday. Pew said the Great Recession had hit immigrant families hard, causing a 14 percent decline in births between 2007 and 2010. U.S.-born women also gave fewer births, showing a 6 percent decline in the same period. The falling birth rate could have serious repercussions for U.S. social policy, upending assumptions that growing immigrant populations would continue to provide the country with a young taxpayer base.
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