Latino Immigration Topped by Asians for First Time


The number of undocumented immigrants is dropping and Latino immigration may be waning based on new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Associated Press via Christian Science is reporting, “The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. dropped to an estimated 11.1 million last year from a peak of 12 million in 2007, part of an overall waning of Hispanic immigration. For the first time since 1910, Hispanic immigration last year was topped by immigrants from Asia.”
There are three factors driving the decline in undocumented immigrants. The U.S. economy continues to be lackluster, strong law enforcement and Mexico’s population is getting older.
The desire to move to the United States may be weakening, according to the article, which stated, “In all, the biggest surge of immigration in modern U.S. history ultimately may be recorded as occurring in the mid-1990s to early 2000s, yielding illegal residents who now have been settled in the U.S. for 10 years or more. They include migrants who arrived here as teens and are increasingly at risk of “aging out” of congressional proposals such as the DREAM Act that offer a pathway to citizenship for younger adults.”