Asian Immigration Overtakes Hispanic
Illegal immigration down as trends shift
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2012 11:44 AM CST
A poster with an image of Cesar Chavez and the motto "Si se puede ("Yes we can") is seen at an orientation seminar for illegal immigrants at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles in...   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

(Newser) – With Hispanic immigration—both legal and illegal—to the United States on the decline, Hispanic immigration last year was topped by immigrants from Asia for the first time since 1910, reports the AP in a look at new census data released today. The data also showed that the number of illegal immigrants in America dropped to 11.1 million people last year, down from its peak of 12 million in 2007. Experts say growing economies and aging populations in Latin America make it unlikely those numbers will ever hit the record-setting levels of the mid-2000s.

"The priority now is to push a vigorous debate about the undocumented people already here," said Jose Antonio Vargas, the American journalist who made waves last year when he revealed he was in fact an illegal immigrant from the Philippines, adding "we can't tread water on this issue anymore." Of the foreign-born population living in the United States:

  • 28% are illegal immigrants
  • 31% (12.2 million) are green card holders
  • 37% (15.1 million) are naturalized citizens
  • 44% are now age 45 or older
  • They are more likely than in 2007 to be enrolled in college or graduate school (39%, up from 32%)
  • They're also more likely to be single (17% married, down from 22%)
  • Foreign-born Asians were a bigger source of population gain than Hispanic immigrants in California, New York, Virginia, Illinois, and New Jersey last year

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Dec 8, 2012 9:15 AM CST
I bet in a century or so the US will break up into four countries: a Caucasian America, a Hispanic America, an African-America, and an Asian America. I do not believe there will be genuine integration, but rather increased separation. Birds of a feather flock together, especially in bad economic times, and history shows over and over that when there is no longer a distinct majority group, but only large minority blocs, that the empire or entity breaks into pieces. The most recent examples were the USSR and Yugoslavia. Today many places like Afghanistan and large parts of AFrica and the Middle East because of ethnic tensions that finally flare into violence and separatism. We would like to believe that the US is different because of our Constitution, but only time will tell, and very soon too.
Dec 7, 2012 8:27 AM CST
"orientation seminar for illegal immigrants"...I'm confused.
Dec 6, 2012 9:38 PM CST
Well if we are gonna allow immigrants better we accept intelligent ones.