Immigrants from Asia Now Outnumber Those from Mexico

Politicians who are blaming Mexico for sending immigrants to the U.S. might want to notice the latest trend: immigration from Asia.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, immigrants from China and India have overtaken immigrants from Mexico in the numbers coming to the U.S. The shift has been building for more than a decade, the Census Bureau said in a May release.  Of the 1.2 million newly arrived immigrants, China led with 147,000 followed by India with 129,000 and Mexico with 125,000.

The Census Bureau says this is in contrast to the 2000 census, which counted 402,000 immigrants from Mexico and no more than 84,000 each from China and India.

In addition, according to the Texas State Demographer, the number of Mexican immigrants coming to the state each year has dropped by more than half since 2005.

(Source: Associated Press, Aug. 30, 2015)