But whether or not they join the debate, Asian immigrants and Asian-Americans stand to be greatly affected by the proposed legislation now making its way through Congress. Some proposals would create a path to citizenship for an estimated 1 million undocumented Asians while others would criminalize them, or curb the protections of those who are legal residents or
Of the 11.1 million who are in the country illegally, 13 percent are Asian and 78 percent Latino, according to the
. While Mexican protesters at the May 1 marches proudly wore T-shirts and held signs that defiantly proclaimed they were in the Pew Hispanic Center illegally, most undocumented Asians choose to remain invisible, even within their own ethnic communities. United States...
Roughly 10 percent of
's Asian population is here illegally, experts say. In the Bay Area, as many as 180,000 Asians are undocumented, estimates the Asian Law Caucus in America . San Francisco...
In 2000, the largest group of undocumented Asians were Chinese (23 percent), followed by Filipinos (17 percent), Indians (14 percent) and Koreans (11 percent), according to a study by the former Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Although Latinos make up the majority of our illegal alien population, I want to go on the record that I have nothing against Hispanics in particular. I am an Equal Opportunity Deporter, and believe in deporting all illegal aliens, regardless of race, religion, creed, sexual orientation or whatever. What matters to me is whether or not an immigrant respected the laws and people of this nation enough to wait their turn and go through the appropriate legal process before coming here. I am also heavily influenced by how much effort an immigrant makes to assimilate into mainstream American culture. I'll cheer on the deportation of Caucasian European illegal aliens just as loudly as I will those of any other race or cultural background, especially if they refuse to learn English and hold themselves seperate from the rest of American society.
Thankfully, I am not alone in these thoughts as even some Latino Groups are protesting against illegal immigration.