Indian Population In The US Increases To Near 50%
Based On ACS Survey, the Indian Population in the US increases to near 50% (Upto 9 Lakh) Since 2010. As the US government went cracking down on immigrants and favoring jobs for US citizens, many Indian's dreams of living in the US have been fading away. But in recent times giving temporary relief to thousands of Indians, the US court has refused to strike down work permits for spouses of H-1B visa workers.
Though there is a significant decline in the number of new migrants from Indians, still the population of Indian-origin people in the US has been grown by 50% (up to 9 lakh) in the last ten years.
In a recent survey from the Census Bureau's 2018 ACS (American Community Survey), which measures the US population, released the data as of July 1, 2018, stating the total number of the foreign-born population in the US stood at 44.7 million or 13.7% of the total US population of 327 million. According to the data, the number of Indians in the US was 17.8 lakh in 2010, which by July 1, 2018, had risen to 26.5 lakh with a significant increase of 49%. But there's a merely 50% drop out rate, declined to 88,000 for newly arrived immigrants from India in 2018, as it was 1.6 lakh in 2017. And coming to the Chinese population in the US has been increased to 28.4 lakh from 21.6 lakh, up to 6.78 lakh increase between 2010 - 2018 with an increase of nearly 32%.
According to the US Census Board, the term foreign-born refers to individuals who were not US citizens at birth, which includes immigrants who later obtained US citizenship green card holders, temporary workers, and international students. The CIS (Center for Immigration Studies) in its research paper also mentioned that 14.5 lakh new legal and illegal immigrants settled in the United States in 2017, fewer than the 17.5 lakh in 2016. Further, as of July 1, 2018, Indians constituted 5.9 percent of the total foreign-born population in the US but comprised less than 1% of the total US population.
"The falloff in arrivals in 2017 may be due to increased enforcement efforts, lower refugee admissions, and more robust vetting of applicants undertaken by the Trump administration”. According to the South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), there are at least 630,000 Indians who are undocumented, a 72% increase since 2010, and nearly 250,000 Indians overstayed their visa in 2016, therefore, becoming undocumented.