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Asians surpass Latinos in immigration to US
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Asians have surpassed Hispanics as the United States' largest group of new immigrants, according to a report on Tuesday that some experts said reflects decreased demand for migrant labor and highlights the impact of state crackdowns on illegals.

 

The Pew Research Center found that the number of Asian immigrants grew from 19 percent of all new immigrants in 2000 to 36 percent in 2010. Incoming Hispanic immigrants fell from 59 percent in 2000 to 31 percent.

 

Up to 11 percent of illegal immigrants in the United States are Asian while about 75 percent are Hispanic, according to the analysis, which combined government data with its own polling.

 

Experts said there was no single answer for why Asian immigrants surpassed Hispanics, but the sluggish U.S. economy probably played a big role.

 

U.S. immigration policy tends to favor skilled labor and students, something that works to the advantage of immigrants from Asian countries that have a deep focus on education, she and other immigration experts said.

 

Pew's report paints a comprehensive picture of an Asian population that swelled over the past 50 years. That gain is up from less than 1 percent in 1965 and includes those who have immigrated or were born in the United States.

 

There are 52 million Hispanics in the United States, more than 38 million blacks and nearly 198 million whites, according to the report. Other government data has also shown the United States on track to have ethnic minorities as its "majority" population rather than whites.

 

Pew's findings show that in contrast to many Hispanic immigrants, all Asians in the United States, not just recent immigrants, are a well-educated group that tends to have more college degrees, a higher annual household income, and greater wealth than the overall U.S. population. News24

 

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Currently, there is a fierce debate over the nation's immigration policies.

 

While the economy is paramount for voters, illegal immigration is being hotly debated ahead of the November election. Some have questioned the timing of President Obama's announcement. The policy change also complicated efforts by his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, to fashion an immigration platform of his own. Washington Times

 

On Friday, the Obama administration announced it would stop deporting many undocumented immigrants who came to the country at a young age, a move that seems to be aimed at Hispanics, whose voting in the election could be crucial to Obama's re-election chances. Washington Post

 

Republicans have attacked President Obama’s decision to halt the deportation of some young illegal immigrants, describing it as politically motivated. Reuters

 

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