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Hindu’s Growth Attributed to Indian American Immigrants in New Jersey, New York

| May 3, 2011 | Immigration Reform, Indian Americans/Hindu |

The Huffington Post recently published an informative and interesting article looking at the growing Hindu population in the United States. A third of all Hindus are found in New Jersey, California and New York. Our Newark immigration attorneys enjoy seeing reports on the diverse nature of our immigrant population in New Jersey and remain dedicated to handling their green card cases in New Jersey as well as any other challenges and issues affecting them. We take a unique and personalized approach with each client which includes accompanying each client to interviews in Newark or Mount Laurel in addition, of course, to preparing their applications and petitions carefully and meticulously.The steady stream of Indian immigrants continues to propel the growth of Hinduism in the United States, long after the brief infatuation with the religion born from the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 and the Transcendental Meditation Movement. Most recently, the Institute of American Religion counted 1,600 temples and 600,000 practicing Hindus in the United States. By some estimates, Indian Americans push that number to 1.2 million. Hinduism was introduced to the United States in the late 1800s but its growth was negatively impacted by the Asian Exclusion Act of 1924. It wasn’t until the 1960s, when new immigration laws opened the U.S. to Indian immigrants, that the steady growth returned. While much of that growth has occurred almost unnoticed, on the fringes of American religion, there is at least one Hindu center in every state — yet 95 percent of Americans report having little or no knowledge of it. The largest concentration of Indian Americans remains in New Jersey, New York and California.The Paterson immigration attorneys at Lee & Garasia, Attorneys at Law, handle immigration issues throughout New Jersey, including Jersey City, Union City, Newark, Metuchen and Edison. Call 732-516-1717.

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