published Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Optimistic immigrants

The public's eye recently has been focused on a unilateral, politically charged action taken by President Barack Obama that circumvents the constitutional process of legislation that awards a legal status to illegal immigrants who meet specific criteria.

While almost one million individuals will be affected by the policy change, the target audience is the growing Hispanic population that is courted by politicians.

Interestingly, the lead statement in a Pew Research Center study looking at immigrants in 2011 may further change messaging and actions of politicians and their operations.

"Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated, and fastest-growing racial group in the U.S., with Asians now making up the largest share of recent immigrants."

The 5.8 percent of America's population comprised of the 18,205,898 Asian Americans certainly will find itself among the "voting blocs" pursued in an election year.

Pew provided some interesting analysis on the Asian Americans, who are a mixture of Vietnamese, Japanese, Filipino, India, Korean and Chinese immigrants.

-- Forty nine percent of Asian American immigrants hold a college degree

-- The median annual household income of Asian American immigrants is $66,000, versus $49,800 among the general public.

-- Sixty seven percent of Asian Americans rank family as highest in importance to them and the importance of having a successful marriage is ranked at 54 percent, contrasted to the general public at 50 percent and 34 percent, respectively.

-- The poverty rate among Asian American immigrants is 11.9 percent, in contrast to the nation's overall rate of 12.8 percent.

-- Sixty nine percent of Asian Americans equate hard work with success, versus 58 percent of the general public.

Will there be a new initiative from the governing political class to curry favor among Asian Americans?

America is greatest when our citizens are free to pursue our nation's unique freedoms that abide in their inalienable rights, not pigeon-holed into a voting bloc and seeking "rights" the government believes it is able to award.

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