American Indians earn an average of $ 100,000: highest paid ethnic group

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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during “Howdy Modi: Shared Dreams, Bright Futures” event at NRG Stadium
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Strong points

  • According to the Pew Research Center, it is the highest-earning ethnic group in the United States, with a median income of $ 100,000.
  • It’s almost double the national median

Americans of Indian descent: highest paid ethnic group

Dubai: Here are some quick facts about Indians in America.

  • There are nearly 4 million people of Indian descent in America.
  • Indians are the highest paid ethnic group in the United States, with a median income of $ 100,000.
  • This is almost double the national median.
  • About 72 percent of Indians in America have at least a bachelor’s degree.

According to the Pew Research Center, Indians are the highest-earning ethnic group in the United States, with a median income of $ 100,000. This is almost double the national median.

Unprecedented

To ‘Hello Modi!’ rally, the presence of US President Donald Tump is an unprecedented event.

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Brightly dressed people dancing and celebrating PM Modi’s visit to Texas for the “Howdy, Modi” mega event.
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Ahead of the 2020 election, analysts say Trump has tried to “reset the lens” for his campaign among immigrants, a group that has fared badly amid the widespread accusation of being anti -immigrant.

Welcome legal immigrants

Analysts say the “Hi, Modi!” The rally gave US President Donald Trump a stage to broadcast his welcome to legal immigrants.

Indian professionals now wait up to 10 years for a green card that gives them permanent immigrant status.

Trump proposed an immigration system similar to that of Canada and Australia that would favor professionals and educated people who would benefit Indians awaiting immigration.

Whether its overtures to Indians – and through them to other immigrants – make a difference is another matter.

According to the Asian and Pacific Islander Vote poll, 82% of American Indians chose Democrat Hillary Clinton, while only 9% were for Trump in the 2016 election.

Trump’s awareness of American Indians by attending a rally of Hindu Republicans ahead of the election does not appear to have made a difference.

In the United States, a campaign based on religion and ethnicity is accepted practice and it was the first time that a presidential candidate had attended a Hindu rally.

While making up only about 1% of the American population, American Indians are outsized political donors.
According to another research, American Indians contributed $ 1 million to Trump’s re-election campaign and $ 2 million to various Democrats vying for their party’s presidential nomination.

Unlike Trump’s “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) rallies for his predominantly white audience, he was Sunday in the midst of about 50,000 brunettes – a stark visual contrast – at NRG Stadium in Houston.

And it was broadcast live nationwide by some channels.

His speech resembled his usual stump speeches proclaiming his tax cuts, low unemployment, strong economy and border security – except for the omission of partisan attacks on Democratic opponents and the addition elements specific to India.

A warm-up act in Modi

Another huge difference was that Trump, who enjoys being the center of the universe, was not the keynote speaker at the rally for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The New York Times said he played a “second violin” and The Washington Post “an unusual role of warm-up act”.

It was also the largest crowd he had addressed in his campaign, although it was far from the 70,000 people he had announced, a number exceeding the capacity of the stadium.

Never done before

The optics and size of the crowd seemed to be his main motivations for making the unprecedented decision to attend a large ethnic gathering for a foreign leader.

In recent memory, no president has done this.

“The Prime Minister of India has asked me to give a speech and I will give a speech in a stadium filled with around 70,000 people or whatever the maximum,” Trump said before leaving for the rally.

And probably unprecedented was also the presence of a large number of Democrats among the sixty or so elected officials, including governors, senators and representatives, who were on the scene before him.

“Indian Americans Make History of American Greatness”

For them, too, the large crowd of Indians, many of whom came to Houston from their constituencies scattered across the country, was a draw.

The rally provided an opportunity for Trump to present himself as a supporter of legal immigrants, while opposing illegal immigration – a distinction that has been erased by the media and his political opponents to pass him off as a racist anti-immigrant.

“We are proud to have you as Americans,” Trump said, praising the Indian diaspora for accepting American values.

Introducing them as the kind of immigrants he would love for America, he mentioned their contributions in particular to medicine, technology and creating jobs through entrepreneurship.

“American Indians are writing the history of American greatness,” he added.

“No free benefits”

Trump pointed out the difference between legal and illegal immigrants to scattered applause. “We are proudly fighting for our citizens,” he said, apparently also referring to Modi.

Trump said he was against free benefits for those who enter the United States illegally and added that he would deal with Indo-American citizens first – with an emphasis on “citizens.”

Speaking of his focus on tighter borders, he said: “Border security is vital for India – we understand that.”

As the media and Democrats have portrayed him as a racist opponent of immigrants due to Trump’s comments on criminal illegal immigrants, his demand for a border wall and his administration detaining illegal border workers and toughening the conditions for applying for a border wall. Asylum, in reality its position is more nuanced with a distinction between law-abiding legal immigrants and illegal immigrants.

The rally gave him a stage to broadcast his welcome to legal immigrants.

Indian professionals now wait up to 10 years for a green card that gives them permanent immigrant status.

Trump proposed an immigration system similar to that of Canada and Australia that would favor professionals and educated people who would benefit Indians awaiting immigration.

Whether its overtures to Indians – and through them to other immigrants – make a difference is another matter.

According to the Asian and Pacific Islander Vote poll, 82% of American Indians chose Democrat Hillary Clinton, while only 9% were for Trump in the 2016 election.

Trump’s awareness of American Indians by attending a rally of Hindu Republicans ahead of the election does not appear to have made a difference.

In the United States, a campaign based on religion and ethnicity is accepted practice and it was the first time that a presidential candidate had attended a Hindu rally.

While only about 1% of the American population, American Indians are outsized political donors.

According to another research, American Indians contributed $ 1 million to Trump’s re-election campaign and $ 2 million to various Democrats vying for their party’s presidential nomination.


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