India Immigration Growth in America Is Celebrated (by Indians)
August 15, 2008, 03:45 AM
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Immigrants from India are supposed to be model minorities. They work hard and make money, true enough. But many aspects of Indian society rub American values the wrong way, e.g. Indians' stay-in-your-place society of hard-edged castes, which is at odds with Americans' ideas of egalitarianism. Indian immigrants bring a culture that is anti-social mobility, but they expect maximum opportunity for themselves.

Other off-putting Indian attitudes and practices include doggie marriage for children, an aversion to indoor plumbing, belief in witchcraft and an overdeveloped idea of their own importance regarding innovation.

One of India's worst cultural attributes is a disturbing level of misogyny shown by dowry murders and the systematic use of gender selection during pregnancy to remove girls by the millions. Let their be no misunderstanding: Indian immigrants bring their preference for males to America: Clinics' Pitch to Indian ?‰migr?©s: It's a Boy.

But whole passel of Indians have come to this country in the last few decades due to Washington's policy of extreme diversity immigration with no concern over what we citizens want: India-Born Population in U.S. Up 30-Fold Since 1970 (India-West, August 14, 2008).

The Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute has issued a report showing a 30-fold jump in India-born immigrants to the U.S. from 1970 to 2006 and steady numbers of Indians in the U.S. who are becoming legal permanent residents.

Immigrants born in India in the U.S. jumped from 51,000 in 1970 to 1,519,157 in 2006, making them the fourth largest immigrant group in the U.S. after the Mexican, Filipino, and Chinese foreign born.

(It should be noted, however, that the total number of Asian Indian foreign-born in the U.S. was estimated at 1,840,139 in the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2006 American Community Survey, which included those Indians here born outside the U.S. but not in India, and the total Asian Indian population was 2,482,141.)

For more details about India's culture, check out my 2007 article, Dogs, Frogs and Dalits: The Indian Model Minority Has A Dark Side.

And for more proof that Indian high self-regard knows no bounds, see The Hindu's opinion: "Two million Indians constitute the best immigrant community in U.S."

Aren't we lucky?