Minnesota immigration shift mirrors national trend

  • Article by: ALLIE SHAH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 19, 2012 - 11:11 PM

In Minnesota, as nationally, new Asian immigrants outnumber Hispanics for the first time. A big draw: jobs.

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pkp413Jun. 19, 1210:44 PM

Parents, don't let you kids go into Computer Science unless they are outstanding 1%. Immigrants from Asia do those job for cents on dollar and they are dime a dozen.

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arielbenderJun. 19, 1210:54 PM

Parents, encourage your kids to follow their passions no matter what. Be happy in life!

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davepenJun. 19, 1211:30 PM

It's also important to note that India has figured out that I.T. is an exportable commodity. A "Masters Degree" in I.T. from and Indian "University" is pretty much worthless. We interview these folks all the time, and they don't know anything. It's not their fault, but India is loaded with diploma mills willing to take their money.

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Thumper5316Jun. 20, 12 6:17 AM

davepen, being in IT I have worked with many of these immigrants. I find them knowledgeable. But, what stands out most to me is that they are polite, friendly, and easy to work with. To pkp413 I say parents, don't let you kids grow up to be rude an self serving. I'd hire a lesser experienced immigrant over the majority of youths the American parents of today are raising.

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odinmanJun. 20, 12 6:48 AM

@pkp413 - Computer science is more than just technical skill. Some of the brightest, most technical people I know have a real hard time communicating and quite a few are social misfits. Not saying that asian immigrants fall into this category, but don't kid yourself. From my 30+ years of experience in IT and software development, there is a huge need for computer scientists in this country which is one of the reasons that companies hire people from outside the U.S...not because they are smarter or even cheaper...but because we just don't have the numbers locally to satisfy the employment needs. The only reason I would discourage anyone from persuing a computer science career is the long hours and high stress levels. It is not for everybody.

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furguson11Jun. 20, 12 7:19 AM

Doesn't matter what anyone says, a person with skills will come out ahead no matter what the race in the end. That's what's still great about America. We need all the talent we can get.

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olopdereJun. 20, 12 8:18 AM

As long as they're coming here legally who cares. I'd like to see the statistics of illegal immigrants pouring over the border. I'd be willing to bet that the latinos are still outnumbering the asians.

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kn12345Jun. 20, 1210:39 AM

Is an H1-B employee any better off than an illegal immigrant? In both cases they get exploited and when screw up, they get deported.

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ezekial2517Jun. 20, 1211:16 AM

We better get used to pronouncing these extra long Indian names. These are our future bosses and business owners, the best and brightest and well financed.

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brainerdguyJun. 20, 1211:46 AM

Get tough on illegal employers!

Problem solved!!!

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