This article sheds light on US immigration changing demographics. The rhetoric directed at Mexican and South American immigrants by Trump and Republicans is based not on facts or data but a politics of hate. Trump’s immigration policy is not evidence-based or reality-based but misguided. Building a wall will not stop fortify national security. Most immigrants were educated–more educated than Trump’s wife Melania who lied about earning a college degree in design and architecture at the university in Ljubljana, Slovenia,(3)–and not criminals like her father whose citizenship was expedited despite having a criminal record. (2) Trump and the Republican rhetoric is meant to justify inhumane policies such as family separation, family detention centers, and zero-tolerance.
The truth is, since 2010, the number of Hispanic immigrants decreased while the number of Asian immigrants has surged. Most immigrants since then have come from Asia/India. I’m by no means suggesting Trump target Asians but instead would like to understand the motive behind Trump, the Republicans and their government-sponsored Foxnews demonization and inhumane immigration policies targetting Hispanics.
The Census Bureau’s figures for 2017 confirm a major shift in who is coming to the United States. For years newcomers tended to be from Latin America, but a Brookings Institution analysis of that data shows that 41 percent of the people who said they arrived since 2010 came from Asia. Just 39 percent were from Latin America. About 45 percent were college educated, the analysis found, compared with about 30 percent of those who came between 2000 and 2009.
“This is quite different from what we had thought,” said William H. Frey, the senior demographer at the Brookings Institution who conducted the analysis. “We think of immigrants as being low-skilled workers from Latin America, but for recent arrivals that’s much less the case. People from Asia have overtaken people from Latin America.”
For many years, Mexico was the single largest contributor of immigrants. But since 2010, the number of immigrants arriving from Mexico has declined, while those from China and India have surged. Since 2010, the increase in the number of people from Asia — 2.6 million — was more than double the 1.2 million who came from Latin America, Mr. Frey found.
The foreign-born population stood at 13.7 percent in 2017, or 44.5 million people, compared with 13.5 percent in 2016.
Interesting that “North Dakota had the single largest percentage increase in foreign-born residents since 2010, Mr. Frey said, with the number going up by 87 percent.”
Source of image: New York Times