The Demographics Of Immigration Are Changing While Trump Moves Backward

The Pew Research Center did a 50-year analysis of immigration trends, and it turns out that immigrants from Asia will outnumber immigrants from Latin America within the next 50 years.

The report, “Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Million to U.S., Driving Population Growth and Change Through 2065,” follows up on the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which sought to change immigration to concentrate on immigrant employment needs and reuniting immigrant families.

Pew found that new immigrants have accounted for 55 percent of US population growth. Currently, they estimate that 11.3 Mexican immigrants, specifically, are unauthorized to be in the US; however, new immigration from Mexico peaked in 2007 and has declined ever since, due in part to the recession and in part to demographic changes – fewer young Mexicans want to immigrate to the US.

Immigration from various Asian nations, however, has been steadily rising, and Pew estimates that by 2065, Hispanic immigrants will account for 31 percent of all immigrants, while Asian immigrants will make up 38 percent. Even in the last five years, more immigrants have come from Asia than from Latin America – 2.5 million to 1.7 million.

All of which is interesting in an election cycle that has highlighted immigration policies based on xenophobic stereotypes about Mexicans. It’s not to say that the issue isn’t important if fewer Mexicans are electing to come to the US anyway, because the US still needs to figure out how to welcome immigrants and treat them fairly. But it does mean that the rhetoric and stereotypes about a deluge of “cunning” Mexicans (to use Donald Trump’s term) are factually untrue on top of not explaining how nuanced the effect of unauthorized immigrants on the US economy really is.

By the way, here’s an interesting tidbit. When Donald Trump was running in the 2000 presidential election, he had this to say about Pat Buchanan after Buchanan attacked gay and Mexican-born Americans:

“I used to like Pat. I was on Crossfire with him. I thought he was a nice guy. Then I read the things he had written about Hitler, Jews, blacks, gays, and Mexicans. I mean, I think it’s disgusting. That speech he made at the ’92 Republican convention was a disaster. He wants to divide Americans.”

Oddly enough, this precisely echos the tactics the White House was referring to when Press Secretary Josh Earnest spoke last week about Donald Trump’s “cynical strategy” of using racist language to get votes. Funny how things change, huh?

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