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Hispanic poverty in rural areas challenges states

WASHINGTON Today, 1 in 4 babies born in the U.S. is Hispanic. Increasingly they are being born into immigrant families who've bypassed the cities the traditional pathway for immigrants for rural America. Hispanic babies born in rural enclaves are more likely to be impoverished than those in the city. And it's harder for them to receive help from federal and state programs, such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Consistent health care also is hard to come by, particularly if their parents are undocumented and are fearful of being discovered and deported even though the children are U.S. citizens. As a result, many researchers...