The Pew Research Center found in a new study that for the first time the number of Asians immigrating to the US has surpassed that of Hispanics.
(Image source: San Francisco Chronicle ) BY NICHOLE CARTMELL For the first time in history, Asian Americans have become the leaders in US immigration, pushing Hispanics out of the top spot. According to the latest study by the Pew Research Center Asians are the fastest growing racial group. Here is WEEK with the details . “There are now a record 18.2 million Asian Americans living in living in the United States. They make up about 5.8 percent of the population, compared to about one percent in 1965.” CNN suggests these numbers might play a role in the upcoming election. Using the study and numbers from the 2008 election exit polls the network reports Asians are more likely to lean Democrat. “This is interesting because when they first started looking at these numbers back in 1992 and of course in 1996, Asian-Americans tended to vote Republican but by the time 2000 came around we saw the shift and they became more democratic.” The Wall Street Journal speculates the change in numbers is the result of America’s shifting economy, reporting Hispanics largely do blue-collar jobs, but this job sector has seen a slowdown. “Asians, who have higher levels of education, mainly come legally on student visas or employment programs to work in sectors that are thriving, such as technology.” The study also revealed nearly half of all Asian Americans have a college degree and earn an average household income much higher than average Americans. A blogger for LA Weekly says this is progress. “According to Pew: ‘A century ago, most Asian Americans were low-skilled, low-wage laborers crowded into ethnic enclaves and targets of official discrimination.’” Pew reports majority of these Asians are immigrating from China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Vietnam.