Say what you will about the specific political intentions of either political party, but there's no ignoring this week's momentum for immigration reform, whether considering the future of Latin Americans or people born in more distant lands.
A recent poll found that more than one-third of non-Hispanic-Americans believed over half of Hispanics were undocumented (that's false; see below). That said, 62 percent of Americans favor some path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Such perspectives inform the bipartisan immigration-reform plan that includes increased border security, mandatory government registration, and an increase in the number of visas and green cards for highly skilled workers, the majority of whom come from India or China.
There's no doubt that a connection exists between a diversifying nation and the spotlight on immigration reform. By 2060, racial plurality--where no racial or ethnic group forms a majority--requires an understanding of the foreign-born.
Here are 10 facts and figures to consider:
65,000 The number of H-1B visas granted annually to highly skilled workers. On June 11, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reached its cap for applications for fiscal 2013, which runs from Oct.1, 2012, through Sept. 30, 2013.