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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

CONGRESSMAN TED W. LIEU STATEMENT ON NEW PEW STUDY PROJECTING ASIAN AMERICANS AS LARGEST IMMIGRANT GROUP BY 2055

September 28, 2015
Press Release

CONTACT: Jack d’Annibale | jack.dannibale@mail.house.gov | 202-225-3976

Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement in response to a new Pew Research Center study projecting that Asian Americans will become The United States’ largest immigrant group by 2055.

“Every passing day, America becomes more diverse.  The Pew Report shows that 88% of the growth in the U.S. population in the coming decades will be from immigrants.  By 2055, Asian Americans will constitute the largest percentage of immigrants in America.  Immigrants always have been, and always will be, the engine that drives our nation forward.  From the workers who built our railroads to the actors and actresses who entertain us to the entrepreneurs who start companies, immigrants invigorate and energize our nation.

“That’s why anti-immigrant rhetoric must stop.  The comments by former Governor Jeb Bush on ‘anchor babies,’ in which he managed to simultaneously offend the Latino and Asian American communities, are an example of immigrant bashing that is both un-American and on the wrong side of history.

“Our Department of Justice also must stop engaging in a pattern and practice of falsely arresting and indicting immigrants for alleged spying and espionage and then dropping all those charges.  Innocent actions by Americans do not become nefarious or suspicious simply because the American has an Asian surname.

“As an immigrant myself, I wake up every day thanking this remarkable country for inventing and sustaining the American dream.  To be an immigrant is to be American.”

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