San Diego Union-Tribune

“The child tax credit is one of the most fundamental supports that families have in terms of raising their kids,” said Bruce Lesley, president of FirstFocus, a nonprofit children’s organization in Washington, D.C. “These are families that are paying taxes and that is why they get a credit.”

He said about 5.5 million children in the United States have at least one undocumented parent, but that most of those kids are U.S. citizens themselves.

Nationwide, 22 percent of children live in families with income below the federal poverty level. The child tax credit lifts 1.3 million children out of poverty, according to FirstFocus.