Georgia’s surging Asian population is becoming more vocal in the national debate about overhauling U.S. immigration laws, holding news conferences, lobbying congressmen and marching in rallies.
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Asians in the U.S. and Georgia
Nationally, the Asian population grew by 43 percent from 2000 to 2010, increasing from 10.2 million to 14.7 million. As of 2010, Asians made up about 5 percent of the nation’s total population.
Georgia’s Asian population grew by more than 80 percent between 2000 and 2010, from 173,170 to 314,467. Asians made up 3.2 percent of the state’s population in 2010. Here’s a breakdown of Georgia’s Asian residents as of 2010:
Asian Indian, 96,116
Other Asians, 49,227
Source: U.S. Census
There are about 11.1 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S. Most are Hispanic. About 1.2 million are Asians. Here’s a breakdown:
76 percent are Hispanic
11 percent are Asian
8 percent are white
5 percent are black
Source: Pew Hispanic Center
Last year, the Obama administration started granting work permits and two-year reprieves from deportation to immigrants who were brought here illegally as young children. Most who have been accepted into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program came from Latin American countries. But thousands came from Asian nations. Here’s a breakdown:
El Salvador 20,744/15,328
South Korea 7,347/6,440
*As of June 30.
Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services