Study finds Asians have surpassed Hispanics in new immigration numbers

POSTED: Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 2:30pm

UPDATED: Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 2:34pm

The 18.2 million Asian Americans have exceeded Hispanics as the largest new group.

"These are people who picked up and moved across the world. And therefore their highly motivated and they bring that strong motivation with them," stated Leora Lawton, UC Berkeley Professor.

The study find most Asian Americans were content, well educated, and valued family.

Professor Lawton who studies change in population said the biggest reason for growth is jobs.

"They tend to have high school not a college education," Lawton said. "And so they're able to fit in more in a modern economy."

The changing face of the U.S. population can also bring a shift in political clout but the Asian Law Caucus cautions about the rosy picture painted by the report.

"There are still many Asian Americans who are very low income. And even up to ten percent of the Asian American community, immigrant community is undocumented," explained Chris Punongbayan, Asian Law Caucus.

Lawton said the rise in the Asian immigrants contrast with the decrease in the Hispanic immigration hit harder by the recession.

Joe Rosato, Jr. reporting. 

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