The Immigration Act Of 1965 Essay

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After being considered Caucasian and being able to vote, Indians first arrived to America in the middle of the 1900s, in search of economic opportunity. Mostly to work in the farmlands (Indians). The number of Indians migrating to America annually is becoming significantly larger than before because of the modification to the Immigration Act of 1965. In the 1980’s, a second wave of Indian immigrants emerged averaging 20,000 Indians migrating to America annually; these immigrants were mostly young men and wives seeking for a better life in America. 19% arrived prior to 1980, 18% arrived between 1980 and 1989, 27% between 1990 and 1999, and lastly 36% entered the United States in 2000 and beyond. There are roughly 13 million Indian Americans and they are an instantaneously growing minority group in the United States. Most Indian immigrants reside in California or New Jersey. California has the highest number of immigrants. In 2011 about 21% (380,000) live in California. About 11% (210,400) of immigrants reside in New Jersey. Texas 9% (162,400), New York 8% (145,400) and Illinois 7% (127,200). 66,000 Indian immigrants were granted U.S. legal permanent residency in 2012. 50% of immigrants who gained legal permanent residency obtained it through employment-based predisposition. In other words, they had specific job related skills that allowed them to come into the United States to work. 14% received green cards and 2% were admitted because they were asylees (Whatley
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