Indians the Fastest Growing Illegal Immigrants in the U.S.
Date: Tuesday , September 01, 2009
Indians are the fastest growing group of illegal immigrants in the U.S., according to the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau. Indians in the U.S. are the fastest growing Asian community as well, and the Asian Indian population in the U.S. grew from 1,679,000 to 2,570,000 in the seven years from 2000 to 2007.
Indian Americans have the highest growth rate of 53 percent amongst Asian American communities. It is also amongst the fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S. So far, Chinese Americans are the largest Asian American ethnic group followed by Filipinos and Indian Americans. Many Indians get into the U.S. with an H-1B Visa so they do not have to cross the border illegally. These might contain Indians who go to the U.S. for better job prospects but end up living illegally.
The survey also shows that Indian illegal immigrants have attained a higher level of education than other illegal immigrants in the U.S.. Also, another reason for the increase in Indian Americans could be the fact that Indians can speak English fluently. Immigrants from India often work for high-tech companies and perform highly skilled jobs such as engineering and computer programming.
When it comes to illegal immigration, Hispanic illegal immigrants largely outnumber other undocumented immigrants. Even after restrictions imposed and the recent drug-blood bath, Mexicans make up nearly seven million of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. The next largest group of Hispanics is Salvadorans and Guatemalans. But Indians are the fastest growing group of illegal immigrants in the U.S., according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security report. As per the report, there are 270,000 unauthorized Indians in the U.S. - a 125 percent jump since 2000. This is the largest percentage increase of any nationality with more than 100,000 illegal immigrants.