Asian immigrants

From Anecdotes to Evidence: Setting the Record Straight on Immigrants and Crime

Report Author: 
Immigration Policy Center
Original Date of Publication: 
2008 Sep

 

A brief report. Anti-immigrant activists and politicians are fond of relying upon anecdotes to support their oft-repeated claim that immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, are dangerous criminals. While these kinds of arguments are emotionally powerful, they are intellectually dishonest. Numerous studies by independent researchers and government commissions over the past 100 years have consistently found that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than the native-born.

Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

Record-Breaking Number of Immigrants Seek Integration, U.S. Citizenship

Report Author: 
Immigration Policy Center
Original Date of Publication: 
2008 Sep

A fact sheet. Citizenship Day is a day to recognize and celebrate all of the immigrants who have chosen to integrate fully and become U.S. citizens. While some fear that demographic shifts threaten American identity, research and experience have shown that today's immigrants integrate into American society just like generations of immigrants before them. Citizenship Day is a time to celebrate the many immigrants who have taken a step toward full integration and participation in U.S. civic life.

 

Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

Citizenship by the Numbers

Report Author: 
Immigration Policy Center
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Sep

Citizenship Day (September 17) is an appropriate time to take stock of the growing number of U.S. citizens who are immigrants to this country—or who are the children of immigrants. Roughly one-in-seventeen U.S. citizens are foreign-born, and tens of millions of native-born U.S. citizens have immigrant parents. This demographic reality has important political ramifications. A rising share of the U.S.

Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Neighborhood Revitalization

Report Author: 
Ramon Borges-Mendez, Michael Liu and Paul Watanabe
Original Date of Publication: 
2005 Dec

The major objective of these studies was to assess the impact that immigrant entrepreneurs have on the three neighborhoods. The immigrant entrepreneurs we encountered contribute to the economy and quality of life of the neighborhoods they serve in a number of ways.

Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts

Accounting for Regional Migration Patterns and Homeownership Disparities in the Hmong-American Refugee Community, 1980-2000

Report Author: 
Michael Grover
Original Date of Publication: 
2008 Oct

Hmong refugees began arriving in significant numbers in the United States in the late 1970s. Compared to typical immigrants, Hmong-Americans came with few financial, labor market, or co-ethnic support factors in favor of their economic success in the United States.

Source Organization: 
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Vietnamese American Nail Salons

Everyone wants to look good and pamper themselves but for the workers and owners of these nails salons- it’s long hours, low pay, and fierce competition.

Interest and Action

Report Author: 
Michael Liu, Shauna Lo, and Paul Watanabe
Original Date of Publication: 
2008 Oct

Findings from a survey of Asian American attitudes on immigrants, immigration, and action. The survey is based on over 400 Chinese and Vietnamese American respondents in Boston and Quincy, MA. The survey found general support for immigrants and immigrant rights. It also found general sympathy for Latino demands and a willingness to become active around these issues.

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Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts

Immigrant Workers in the Massachusetts Health Care Industry

Report Author: 
Ramon Borges-Mendez, James Jennings, Donna Haig Friedman, Malo Hutson, and Teresa Eliot Roberts
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Mar
Foreign-born and foreign-trained workers and professionals are increasingly a vital share of the labor force in health care and its allied sub-sectors. In 2000, 1.7 million foreign-born workers (immigrants) accounted for 11.7 percent of all health care workers in the U.S. This includes non-medical personnel and maintenance workers who do not necessarily deliver health services but whose work highly influences the quality of care. The share of foreign-born workers in direct health care service provision was higher: 13 percent.
Source Organization: 
Immigrant Learning Center

Challenges to Multiculturalism

Report Author: 
Jorge Capetillo-Ponce

An anti-bilingual education referendum was offered to citizens of Massachusetts in November of 2002. The referendum read, in part, “The current state law providing for transitional bilingual education in public schools will be replaced with a law requiring that, with limited exceptions, all public school children must be taught English by being taught all subjects in English and being placed in English language classrooms.” The University of Massachusetts Gaston Institute analyzed the results of that referendum, here reported on by Jorge Capetillo-Ponce.

 

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Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts

Asian Owned Businesses

Report Author: 
Paul Watanabe and Michael Liu
Original Date of Publication: 
2007 Jun

This report profiles Asian-owned businesses in Massachusetts.1 In the profile, we see that the number of these businesses and their sales and receipts are substantial and, most importantly, rapidly expanding.These companies employ a significant number of workers which adds considerably to their payrolls. They are varied in size and area of activity. While some assuredly appeal to and serve an expanding Asian American clientele, others are involved in more mainstream pursuits with broad customer bases.

Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts
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