Asians Surpass Latinos in Number of U.S. Immigrants

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The number of new Asian immigrants moving to the United States has surpassed that of Latinos for the first time, according to the Associated Press. 

Based on a new study by the Pew Research Center, the rise in the number of Asian Americans reflects a slowdown in illegal immigration while American employers increase their demand for high-skilled workers. This “Rise of Asian-Americans” encompasses a highly diverse group, one that now makes up nearly six percent of the U.S. population. Most of these Americans are foreign-born and naturalized citizens, with numbers boosted by increases in visas to specialized workers, reports Fox News Latino.

The study stated that the Asian immigration “tipping point” most likely occurred in 2009, as the number of undocumented immigrants crossing the border sharply declined due to increased border patrol and immigration enforcement, as well as a decline in low-wage work and a weak economy.

On the contrary, Asian immigrants have seen a boost thanks to fast-track visas for specialized workers and those in high-tech industries, as well as international student enrollment. Roughly six out of ten international students are Asian, and some of them are able to live and work in the U.S. after graduation.

"Like immigrants throughout American history, the new arrivals from Asia are strivers," said Paul Taylor, executive vice president of the Pew Research Center and co-author of the report. "What's distinctive about them is their educational credentials. These aren't the tired, poor, huddled masses of Emma Lazarus's famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty. They are the highly skilled workforce of the 21st century."

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