As with the Irish who came before them
As I read it, the debate is over whether the Mustio adds are anti-Indian. I suppose it should be no surprise that it has all come down to this. The immigration stats I put up last week which showed a rapid increase in permanent (and by very definition legal since that is what those stats are for...) residents coming from Asia. Those Asian immigration numbers are indeed being driven primarily by new immigrants coming to Pittsburgh from India. It is not a coincidence that population growth for the region is turning around right as those immigrant flows are increasing.
update: It just occurred to me how sad this whole little tempest is. The race here is for Pennsylvania's 37th Senate District which is represented by John Pippy... who only incidental to his whole CV happens to be Asian American, which has to be a rare thing in the Pennsylvania legislature. Could we be becoming less tolerant?
It really is an issue far beyond this one race. So even in a region which ranks about as low as you can get, you can still find angst over the most legal immigration flows that exist. I will admit getting annoyed at people who say they are all for 'legal' immigration, but are just opposed to 'illegal' immigration. Yet when push comes to shove their rhetoric against legal immigration is unabated.
As low as international immigration is into Pittsburgh, it still is a big part of the turnaround observed in net migration into the Pittsburgh region. American demographics are pretty simple in a sense these days. Growth is really only coming from immigration. If you don't want immigration, that is your perogative, but you should plan on decline.
It really is time for Pittsburgh to stop being afraid of the future. It is either that or we start to plan on not having a future at all.