Meet America's No. 3 immigrant group
They hail from India, and most are well-educated English speakers, helping their entry into the workforce.
Interesting new data are out regarding immigration trends in the U.S. According to the Migration Policy Institute think tank, Indians are now the third-largest immigrant group by country of origin, after Mexicans and Chinese.
About 2 million Indian immigrants were living in the U.S. as of 2011, and as a percentage of all foreign-born people here went from less than 0.5% in 1960 to nearly 5% of the country's 40.4 million immigrants last year.
The study noted that Indians generally arrive "on employment-based visas, and are less likely to live below the federal poverty line than the overall foreign-born population."
The institute used data from the Census Bureau and the Department of Homeland Security, and its report offers some insights into America's Indian immigrant community and their place in the U.S. workforce.
Nearly one-third of all Indian immigrants live in just two states.
California had the largest number of immigrants from India in 2011 at 380,000, followed by New Jersey with 210,400. And three metro areas in the U.S. are home to more than 25% of all those immigrants: greater New York, Chicago and San Jose.
Most Indian immigrants to the U.S. already speak English and have strong educational backgrounds.
More than 70% of these immigrants have proficient English language skills. And of the adult Indian immigrants to the U.S. in 2011, 75% had a bachelor's degree or higher.
They're more likely to work in the science and technology sectors.
Hardly a big surprise, but more than 29% of employed, Indian-born men in the U.S. work in info-tech, while 19% of Indian-born women are employed in management, finance and business positions.
They become U.S. citizens at a high rate.
Nearly 43,000 Indians became naturalized U.S. citizens last year (pictured), making them the third-largest country of origin group to naturalize in 2012 after Mexicans and Filipinos.
There were also about 2 million Indian nonimmigrants in the U.S. in 2011, mostly temporary workers, students and visitors. And according to the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics, less than 2% of all unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2011 were from India.
But of course, they are mostly coming to take jobs from existing citizens because they can do the math and they will work for half the going rate.
Once again, citizens are penalized for being...............uh, citizens.
When you wonder why you can't get your job back after a 6 year recession, look who is filling those positions. And don't forget that your leaders sold you out long ago for some re-election contributions, gifts, vacations, and overpaid lobbyist sweetheart positions after they 'retire' from politics.
The corruption continues!
Are these people taking the jobs "Americans can't or won't do"? NO.
Sorry, but while I do acknowledge and accept that at least they're coming legally, they are taking jobs Americans are qualified and want to do.
However, "legally" is dubious at best. Many come on H1B visas and work in call centers established by other Indians who are often bringing over immediate and extended families and friends. Not necessarily the "scientists" that are supposed to be getting the H1B visas.
"They speak English and have strong educational backgrounds." That's a laugh. Most of the Indians I encounter are working as customer service reps and their accents are so thick and they talk so fast you can't understand a word they're saying. I deal with one company whose a/r rep is Indian and I refuse to answer the phone when she calls because I can't understand a damned word that comes out of her mouth. I don't want to insult her or the company be requesting they have some one call who can speak proper English.so I send e-mails to the company with whatever info they need.
They cannot come into the USA to work in "factories". No.
They cannot come into the USA to mow grass or take low paying jobs. No.
They can ONLY come in if they will compete in our highest tech industries “where the future of our economy is going to be” and to drive salaries down (for people that have spent years trying to get ahead in high tech, taking out student loans, etc).
Why you ask? Well so that firms like Microsoft and Oracle and the big 3 consulting firms (that spend billions lobbying congress) can "keep costs down and profits high"... These high tech companies have NEVER, EVER lost money and while they may "lay-off" once in awhile...it is always in the US and NEVER folks at the top and had the same “shortage of high tech workers” 25 years ago (funny those companies NEVER seem to have lost money, ever yet I have been laid off multiple times in the last 20 years). ...And of course these companies get nice tax breaks for doing this as well!
And that is a MINIMUM of 45,000-65,000 a year since the 1980s regardless of our current unemployment rate!!!
Regardless of party, political affiliation or even the ISSUE they all have one very simple fix: CAMPAIGN FIANCE REFORM!
We need more immigrants (and natural born citizens) who work hard and fewer to live on the dole.
Unfortunately, it would appear that some who hail from the Hindu "upper caste" tend to bring that mindset with them, forgetting we are not a nation of "Dalits". This excludes the regular schlepps who seem to be able to get along just fine with everyone. The accents can be tough to crack, though, sometimes. With a little patience, you can communicate. At least one of the other groups mentioned can't seem to fathom that English is the language of the U.S. and can't or won't learn it.
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