Skip to comments.Milpitas one of nine U.S. cities majority of residents are foreign-born
Posted on 09/29/2008 6:24:51 PM PDT by Flavius
After decades of immigration from Asia and Latin America, Silicon Valley has hit a linguistic milestone that is rare in America: For the first time, a majority of Santa Clara County residents speak a language other than English at home.
In 2007, Santa Clara was one of just 10 counties in the United States where more than 50 percent of residents speak a foreign language at home, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data released Monday.
Most of those counties are home to Spanish speakers on the Mexican border or multilingual populations in large cities like New York, Los Angeles and Miami. But Santa Clara County, which is suburban in character, is home to a different kind of phenomenon, with highly educated workers and students drawn to the high-tech job mecca of Silicon Valley as orchards and farm fields gradually gave way to office space and cul-de-sacs.
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not much of a surprise from my perspective
If they are here legally, hooray!!
that is the problem, they more than likely are not. Would any nation on the planet look at this issue and think that this is a takeover? Can we just go somewhere and set up house and demand a monthly check for nothing?
Well, isn’t that special? Maybe they’ll catch up with L.A. someday.
And no, being “legal” doesn’t make it that much better if you are preferring another language to English for daily discourse, etc. I’m sick of it.
Hooray? Are native-born Americans just too pathetic to keep the country prospering?
As far as I’m concerned, we were much better off before your friend with the brain tumor opened the floodgates in 1965.
Note to self: “Cancel move to Milpitas”
I was there for a month last summer, and I was one of the few English speaking people around. There was a large variety of languages around me from all over the world. It made it interesting to say the least.
30 years ago we used to call Milpitas something rude based on its name, and it’s not much of stretch to figure out what that was.
Huh? I assume your family came from somewhere.
I don’t have a problem with immigration, I have a problem with illegal immigration.
I’m sorry if you have a problem with that.
And what friend with brain tumor? I’m confused by that comment.
A few years ago, I was visiting my employer HQ in silicon valley for about a week.
For one reason or another, I had decided to go to a grocery in milpitas to pickup something.
I vividly remember standing in line to checkout, and realizing that there were dozens of conversations going on all around me, and not a single one was in English.
I truly felt like I was in some third world country. I can’t tell you how strange and unnerving it is to feel like a foreigner in my own country.
There is also alot of reverse discrimation job wise too.
I’ve got a problem with clueless immigration boosters who can’t or refuse to see the damage the mass influx of foreigners with very different ways of life has done to American culture over the past 40 years.
If you’re confused by my comment, you’re a probably a bit green on this topic. Here’s a hint: bloated lion.
This is exactly what the US needs. More legal immigrants bringing their knowledge and work ethics to this country. Hopefully, the old timers do not destroy this country before the new ones can make it more glorious.
No doubt about it, legal immigration is great. My dad immigrated with his family when he was 3.
But I have to admit it is sort of strange to drive through Milpitas and find everybody has come there from SE and S Asia. It really does tend to make one feel out of place.
Not really. We don't need 1.2 million legal immigrants a year. Thge Jordan commission recommended 300,000. We need a merit based system rather than the current kinship system, which is the reason why we are importing poverty, primarily from Latin America. We don't need the visa lottery program and should eliminate birthright citizenship. Much is made of the impact of illegal immigration, but legal immigration policies are destroying this country and have been doing so since 1965.
Ping for later reading. It’s too late to get that pissed off.
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That would mean it is no longer Mil-p-TAS, right?
Milpitas, home to the world’s most dangerous parking lot (Ranch 99). I’m not sure how many times I almost got clipped there, and I maybe went there once a month (usually for the Mayflower’s dim sum).
Clearly congress needs to authorize more H1-B’s.
There aren’t enough Americans in Silicon Valley to fill the available jobs at 2/3 of the old wages.
*shrug* You get used to it.
We have great Indian, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Middle-eastern, Ethiopian, and oh yes, even Mexican restaurants...
This is similar to what happened in many towns in Central Jersey (Edison, Iselin, etc.) where highly educated Indian immigrants bought houses and businesses in areas previously dominated by not so educated white “Amurcans.” I prefer the entrepreneurial and productive over the proletarians anyday of the week. Its the uneducated, illegal campesinos from Central America that upset me.
You don't have to tell me; I live in Los Angeles. The other day I needed to go downtown and took the route through "Koreatown." As much as I have seen in this city of foreign signage, seen foreign people and heard their languages, even that shocked me, the extent to which the U.S.A. and our language are COMPLETELY excluded from that area.... whilst they enjoy our superior infrastructure and MANY other benefits, of course. It was very, very weird. We have gone past the point of tolerance.
I lived in Milpitas 10 years ago. It’s not a bad town, mostly Asian at the time. The neighbors kept their houses in great condition and there was little crime, although they kept to themselves and weren’t terribly friendly. I couldn’t buy clothes there, the stores only stock small sizes. There were a lot of cars with body damage driving around.
Do we really get used to it? LOL
I lilke to lean over and whisper to whomever I'm with and stare at the foriegn speakers. They dont like when you 'talk' about them. Good stuff ...
Like the man who was hanged.
He flopped around a bit. Then he got used to it.
I live in Sunnyvale and when I go to Lucky’s on the corner of Maude and Mathilda, I feel like I am in New Dehli.
I avoid the deli section...
It is just crazy. Talk about rudeness, some actually feel that thaey are doing American and Americans a favor by being here.
Let's check their ALT-A mortgage paperwork and find out...oh, wait...never mind.