Washington, D.C. - The next wave of immigration, isn’t Latinos, but are Asians instead, making them the most rapidly growing racial group in the U.S., according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.
The study points out that while Asian migration has increased only slightly the past few years the shift comes as net Latino migration has declined.
In 2010, 430,000 Asians migrated to the U.S, representing 36 percent of legally and illegally entering immigrants while only 360,000 Latinos moved to the states.
In the report, Paul Taylor, executive vice president of the Pew Research Center said, “Asians have become the largest stream of new immigrants to the U.S. – and, thus the latest leading actors in this great American drama.”
Immigration experts attribute this shift to a number of factors including increased enforcement along the borders, rising deportation and the economic downturn. Tougher enforcement impacts the Latino community more since many arrive without legal documents such as working visas, though can be easily obtained with the aid of an immigration lawyer.
The study also noted that Asian immigrants have higher education and earn more on average than the rest of Americans. Indians represent the largest subgroup of Asian immigrants, but a large percentage trace their heritage to China, Korea, and Japan.
Higher education allows numerous Asian immigrants to obtain HB-1 visa which are for highly-skilled workers. The number of HB-1 visas meets their annual cap quickly, emphasizing the need to have an immigration attorney apply for these visas as soon as enrollment opens.
Immigration, although it is an acrimonious issue, has helped enhance American society, but entering immigrants can better their lives in the U.S. by being legally recognized. A well-versed immigration lawyer makes it possible for a person to attain the documents that allow then to fully participate in our democracy.