Asian Americans start warming up political muscle

Asian Americans start warming up political muscle

Washington : DC : USA | Jul 09, 2012 at 8:09 AM PDT
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The immigration surge has budged and now there are more Asian Americans than Hispanics in the United States, a trend potentially altering the social and political joie de vivre of the nation in the years ahead.

An extensive survey by Pew Research lately discovered that 36% of all new immigrants who came to the United States in 2010 were Asians, matched up to around 31 %, that were Hispanic. The study also revealed that Pakistani Americans have emerged to be the second fastest growing and the seventh biggest faction in the U.S.

This paradigm shift underpins the socio-political significance of Asian American electorate, which has long been ignored by candidates and political parties at their own risk and which is now emerging as a game-changer.

"It's a constituency and a community that's been emerging at a really healthy pace over the last few years," said Doug Forand, a political consultant, according to WSJ. "You're seeing that community not only mature, but feel the extent of its power."

The news about the Asian Americans flexing political muscle comes as a threat to the Republicans because not only has their population swollen in the last ten years, but new surveys have revealed that they are also turning away from the GOP in hordes.

The findings also suggest that Mexicans, who were already in the United States, have been going back home, putting latest net migration at a standstill. Moreover, U.S. companies are raising demand for high skilled workers, symbolizing the rise of Asian Americans, the study revealed.

It is pertinent to mention here that Asian Americans are very much diverse and fast-rising faction, accounting for up to 5 percent of the U.S population. Majority of them are foreign-born and adapted nationals and their population has gone up by boost in visa grants for high skilled workers and rich investors, since the United States’ economy is driven more by technology and services than by manufacturing.

"Both political parties are finally starting to pay attention to the Asian American vote,” said Carlo De La Cruz, voting rights coordinator for the San Francisco-based Asian Law Caucus, according to Mercury News. "Hopefully this will only mean that civic engagement and voter turnout will increase."

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Kamran Ahmed is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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