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Asian Americans have overtaken Latinos as immigrants

June 19, 2012

As the presidential candidates battle over U.S.-Mexico immigration policy, a sweeping new survey shows that Asian Americans have overtaken Latinos nationally as the largest group of new immigrants arriving each year in the United States – a development with profound political and economic implications.

Not only are Asian Americans the fastest-growing racial group in the country, but they have the highest incomes, are the best-educated and are happier with their lot in life compared with other groups, according to “The Rise of Asian Americans,” a comprehensive new Pew Research Center survey and report being released Tuesday.

“It is a reversal of fortune for Asian Americans,” said David Lee, a longtime community organizer in San Francisco’s Asian American neighborhoods who teaches political science at San Francisco State University.



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