New Americans in the North Star State

Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:30pm EDT

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Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians are an Economic and Political Powerhouse in
Minnesota


WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Immigration Policy Center
has compiled research which shows that immigrants, Latinos, and Asians are an
essential part of Minnesota's economy and tax base. As workers, consumers,
taxpayers, and entrepreneurs, immigrants and their children are an economic
powerhouse. As the state works towards economic recovery, immigrants and their
children will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and
political landscape of the North Star State.


Highlights from Minnesota include:
    --  Immigrants make up nearly 7 percent of Minnesota's total population.
    --  More than 40 percent of immigrants in Minnesota are naturalized U.S.
        citizens who are eligible to vote.
    --  Over 100,000 registered voters in Minnesota are New Americans.
    --  The purchasing power of Minnesota's Latinos totaled $4.4 billion and
        Asians totaled $5.3 billion in 2008. The purchasing power of
        Asian-Indians was $500 million, while that of Somalis was $164
million.

    --  If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Minnesota, the state
        would lose $4.4 billion in expenditures, $2.0 billion in economic
output
        and approximately 24,299 jobs.



There is no denying the contributions immigrants, Latinos, and Asians make and
the important role they play in Minnesota's political and economic future. For
more data on their contributions to Minnesota's economic and political future,
view the IPC fact sheet in its entirety. New Americans in the North Star State


SOURCE  Immigration Policy Center

Wendy Sefsaf of the Immigration Policy Center, +1-202-507-7524,
wsefsaf@ailf.org
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