Asian Americans Should Take Their Loyalty And Vote Somewhere Else

Republicans Shouldn’t Cede Asian Voters to Democrats Any LongerRepublicans shouldn’t cede Asian voters to Democrats for two reasons. First, Asian Americans share many values that conservatives cherish: an emphasis on hard work, self reliance, strong families and the importance of marriage. Second, the demographics in this country have already changed. According to Pew Research, the 20 million Asians in the U.S today represent almost 6 percent of the U.S. total population and 4 percent of all voters. But it’s the rate of growth of the Asian population that is the most impressive. The U.S. Asian population grew 72 percent between 2000 and 2015 (from 11.9 million to 20.4 million), the fastest growth rate of any major racial or ethnic group.Such growth is mainly due to an influx of new immigrants. The Wall Street Journal reports that in 2013, China replaced Mexico as the top country sending immigrants to the U.S. and Asians as a whole have already overtaken Hispanics as the fastest growing immigrant group. In 2055, Asians are projected to become the largest immigrant group in the country. Therefore, any serious and ambitious Republican politicians can’t afford to continue ceding Asian voters to Democrats.For Republicans to win over Asians, it will take time to overcome the geographic limitation and cultural differences. But at the same time, there are things that Republicans have been doing poorly in the past and present that can make a difference now.First, immigration is one of two top priority issues that Asian Americans care about the most, because 74 percent of Asian Americans 18 or older were born outside of the U.S. The majority of Asians came to the U.S. legally. Asian immigrants especially dominate the high-skilled labor segment. If the Republican-controlled Congress can pass a merit-based legal immigration reform, it will win many Asian American hearts and votes.Another high priority issue for most Asians is education. There are two aspects to this. For K-12 education, Asian parents often are willing to spend any amount out of pocket to ensure their children receive a first rate education. Not surprisingly, they more often than not will vote for tax increases if they are told it is for educational purposes. Republicans haven’t done a good job of explaining to these concerned Asian parents why the poor performance of public schools is not a money issue and why school choice is a good idea.The other aspect of education which causes high anxiety among many Asian parents and their children is how affirmative action in college admission hurts Asian students. Many Asians have already known for years that their SAT scores need to be hundreds of points higher than applicants from other ethnic groups to have an equal chance of college admission. USA Today reports that some Asian youths who have one non-Asian parent now choose not to check “Asian” as their race on their college applications, hoping to avoid discrimination.Discrimination in any shape or form is un-American. So far Republican politicians have been relatively quiet about this issue. We need more Republican politicians to take a stand against affirmative action in college admissions.

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