According to the English Dictionary Immigration is the action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country.
The dictionary definition does not concentrate on a specific nationality in a way that the media and government did and still does today. However in the 80's it was harshly mentioned all throughout the Nation. However according to a New York Times article "Asian Population in U.S. Grew by 70% in the 80's" statistics show that the "Illegal Aliens" that recieved permission to stay in the U.S were not all Hispanics as some people might think, but were also Asian and several other nationalities.
"In Manhattan and Queens, New York City, in 1985, about 7 percent of the population was of Asian, Pacific Islander or American Indian descent; in Brooklyn and the Bronx the percentage was from 2 percent to 3.5 percent."
"The Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park has become a Chinese enclave, Filipinos are one of the largest minorities in Daly City, outside San Francisco. As of 1985, David Ward, a bureau demographer, estimated that more than a fourth of San Francisco's population was either Asian, Pacific Island or American Indian descent."
-By FELICITY BARRINGER, Special to The New York Times
Published: March 02, 1990