Asian Immigration to the United States surpasses Hispanic Immigration

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 23rd, 2012

Week in Review

Most people believe that President Obama’s recent executive order allowing children of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship without further fear of deportation was purely a political move to help his reelection chances.  If so he may have gained the Hispanic vote.  But he may lose the Asian vote (see Asian immigrants to U.S. surpass Hispanics for first time by Dylan Stableford posted 6/19/2012 on Yahoo! News).

Asians have surpassed Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants to the United States, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

The study, called “The Rise of Asian Americans” and released on Tuesday, reveals that Asian-Americans also have the highest income, are the best educated and are the fastest-growing racial group in America…

The influx of Asians reflects “a slowdown in illegal immigration while American employers increase their demand for high-skilled workers,” the Associated Press said.

 “The educational credentials of these recent [Asian] arrivals are striking,” the report said. Sixty-one percent of 25-to-64-year-old Asian immigrants come with at least a bachelor’s degree—more than double non-Asian immigrants, making the recent Asian arrivals “the most highly educated cohort of immigrants in U.S. history.”

The study also found that Asian-Americans are “more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, and they place a greater value on marriage, parenthood, hard work and career success.”

Jon Stewart joked on the Daily Show that Mexicans are doing the jobs Americans don’t want to do.  And Asians are doing the jobs Americans can’t do.  It’s funny because there is some truth in that.  People are hiring illegal immigrants because they can hire them cheaper than Americans.  And because they’re here illegally they’re hesitant to complain.  For fear of deportation.  While the Asians are arriving with a college degree in their pocket.  And smarter than the average American.  Probably because their universities teach worthwhile degrees unlike many of the American universities.  While Americans party their way through college taking the easier liberal arts and social sciences the Asians are taking math and science and doing a lot of homework.  Which is why American high-tech companies can’t hire enough of these new Americans.

Apart from the education there is little difference between the Hispanics and the Asians.  Most of the illegal Mexicans coming to America are coming to provide a better life for their families.  Willing to take jobs Americans don’t want because they place great value on family and hard work.  Just like the Asians.  When you get down to it the Hispanics and the Asians share a lot of conservative values.  And neither is looking for a handout.  They want jobs. 

So it will be interesting to see who these people will vote for.  Will conservative Catholic Hispanics vote Democrat out of gratitude for this new path to citizenship?  Will Asians coming here legally vote for the party that allows others to skip what they had to do to become citizens?  Or will they both vote for the party more in keeping with their values?  Which you would have to say lean Republican.

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