Illegality | Illegal entry into the United States is overwhelmingly a post-1965 and Mexican phenomenon. For almost a century after the adoption of the . Constitution, no national laws restricted or prohibited immigration, and only a few states imposed modest limits. During the following 90 years, illegal immigration was minimal and easily controlled. The 1965 immigration law, the increased availability of transportation, and the intensified forces promoting Mexican emigration drastically changed this situation. Apprehensions by the . Border Patrol rose from million in the 1960s to million in the 1970s, million in the 1980s, and million in the 1990s. Estimates of the Mexicans who successfully enter illegally each year range from 105,000 (according to a binational Mexican-American commission) to 350,000 during the 1990s (according to the . Immigration and Naturalization Service).
In 2010, there were million people (5 and older) who spoke a Chinese language at home;  after the Spanish language , it is the third most common language in the United States.  Other sizeable Asian languages are Tagalog , Vietnamese , and Korean , with all three having more than 1 million speakers in the United States.  In 2012, Alaska , California, Hawaii, Illinois , Massachusetts, Michigan , Nevada , New Jersey, New York, Texas and Washington were publishing election material in Asian languages in accordance with the Voting Rights Act ;  these languages include Tagalog, Mandarin Chinese , Vietnamese, Spanish ,  Hindi and Bengali .  Election materials were also available in Gujarati , Japanese , Khmer , Korean, and Thai .  According to a poll conducted by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund in 2013, it found that 48 percent of Asian Americans considered media in their native language as their primary news source.