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Asians Now Top Hispanics as Largest Group of New US Immigrants

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Asians have trumped Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants entering the U.S. each year, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

"The Rise of Asian Americans," released Tuesday, found that in 2010, 36 percent of new immigrants in this country were Asian, while 31 percent were Hispanic.  The figures mark a significant change from 2000, when 19 percent of new immigrants were Asian and 59 percent were Hispanic.

The shift is partly due to a drop in illegal immigration.

"Hispanic immigration has plunged, chiefly because the number of new immigrants from Mexico has gone down quite a bit.  So, Asians are continuing to come here in large numbers, and they've now surpassed Latinos as the largest group of new immigrants arriving in this country," says D'vera Cohen, a senior writer for the Pew Research Center.

Today, Asian Americans comprise 5.8 percent of the country's population, according to the report, which was based on a new national survey of Asian Americans, as well as in-depth analysis of U.S. Census demographic and economic data.

The report also found that the racial group is better off financially and educationally when compared to all U.S. adults, and they seem to be more content.

"Overall, our survey found that Asian-Americans are more satisfied than the population, overall with the way their lives are going; with their financial situation; with the direction the country is going in," Cohen says.

"This is a group with many accomplishments, in terms of education and income.  It's also a group where our survey has found that they've put more value than the general public does on institutions such as marriage, parenthood, hard-work and career-success," she adds.

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UCLA Student Off Hook for Asian Video Rant

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- UCLA student Alexandra Wallace, whose viral video rant about Asians sparked outrage and a nationwide debate about whether her disparaging remarks were considered "free speech," will face no disciplinary action by the university.

"While some of the sentiments that were expressed in the video were hurtful, appalling and offensive, we have not uncovered any acts that violated the student code of conduct," university spokesman Phil Hampton told ABC News on Friday. "We have no intention of pursuing the matter further."

Hampton added that the university "zealously protects freedom of expression, however misguided or offensive to our core values that speech may be."

He also said the university was "disappointed with some of the threatening and vitriolic language that has been used by some in response to the video.

Wallace, a junior political science major, received death threats after her videotaped tirade, titled "Asians in the Library," was posted last Friday, the same day the earthquake and tsunami hit.

In the video, which went viral over the weekend, Wallace vented about "the hordes of Asian people" at UCLA and mocked them for talking on the phone in the library. "Ohhhh! Ching chong ling long ting tong!" she said, imitating an Asian student talking on the phone.

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