Monday, March 12, 2007

Statistics Monday: 37,500 Hispanic Nashvillians


From The Tennessean:

"In 1990, there were fewer than 5,000 Hispanic people in the city, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2005, the Hispanic population had increased more than seven times, hovering around 37,500 that year, Census numbers show."

Immigrants in Nashville, however, totalled 18,000 in 1990 and 84,000 today, according to last week's numbers roundup. The numbers for Hispanics and for immigrants are different because (1) not all immigrants are Hispanic, and (2) not all Hispanics are immigrants - almost half of all Hispanics in Tennessee were born in the U.S.

65,000 / 140,000 (again)

From the Financial Times:

"The US currently limits visas for skilled foreign workers to 65,000 a year, while the number of green cards, required for permanent resident status is limited to 140,000 a year."

The NYT gave that same 140,000 number for the number of employment-based visas available each year (see last week's numbers roundup) which is consistent with this State Department web site (note the requirements for the visas; not everyone can get one.) The 65,000 number appears to be the H-1B category cap (see this interview aboard Air Force One). There is also a country-specific cap: no single country is allowed more than 7 percent of the total visas (see Commerce Secretary Gutierrez' speech).

Not all of the available and applied-for employment visas are issued, however, according to this House report, which said that in 1999 the U.S. issued "less than 40,000 visas because of INS processing delays although demand was much greater."

Photo by Charles Wagner

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