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May 26, 2009

New Americans in the Tar Heel State: The Growing Economic and Political Clout of Immigrants and Latinos in North Carolina

A new Fact Sheet from the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) shows that over the past two decades, North Carolina has experienced dramatic growth in its immigrant and Latino populations. Immigrants now account for 7% of North Carolina’s population, and more than a quarter of them are U.S. citizens eligible to vote. Latinos comprise 7.1% of the state’s population and accounted for 3% of voters in the 2008 elections. The number of Latino voters in 2008 who were immigrants or the children of immigrants was nearly double the size of the very slim margin by which President Obama won the state. Immigrants and their child, especially those who naturalize, excel in school over time. Moreover, the revenue generated by Latino and Asian taxpayers, consumers, and entrepreneurs sustains thousands of jobs and contributes billions of dollars to the state’s coffers. At a time of deepening recession, North Carolina can ill-afford to alienate or marginalize such a fast-growing component of its labor force, tax base, and business community.

The complete Fact Sheet is available on the IPC website at http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/images/File/factcheck/North%20Carolina%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

Posted by VisaLawyer at May 26, 2009 07:06 PM


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