Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The Economic Benefits of Immigration to Iowa
For Immediate Release
NEW AMERICANS IN THE HAWKEYE STATE
Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians are Growing Economic and Political Force in Iowa
December 1, 2009
Washington D.C. - The Immigration Policy Center has compiled research which shows that immigrants, Latinos, and Asians are an important part of Iowa's economy, labor force, and tax base. Immigrants and their children are a growing economic and political force as workers, consumers, taxpayers, and entrepreneurs. With the state working towards recovery, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and political future of the Hawkeye State.
Highlights from Iowa include:
* Iowa was home to 117,437 immigrants in 2007.
* 34.5% of immigrants in 2007 (or 40,473 people) in Iowa were naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote.
* Latinos accounted for 4.0% (or 119,522) and Asians 1.6% (or 47,809) of Iowans in 2007.
* The 2008 purchasing power of Latinos totaled $2.4 billion and Asian buying power totaled $1.7 billion in Iowa in 2007.
* Unauthorized immigrant families in Iowa paid between $40 million and $62 million in state and local taxes in 2007.
* If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Iowa, the state would lose $1.4 billion in expenditures, $613.4 billion in economic output, and approximately 8,819 jobs.
There is no denying the contributions immigrants, Latinos, and Asians make and the important role they will play in Iowa's political and economic future. For more data on their contributions to the Hawkeye State, view the IPC fact sheet in its entirety.
* New Americans in the Hawkeye State (Iowa)
* Read our blog about Iowa, post-Postville.
Read more about immigrant contributions in other states:
* New Americans in the Grand Canyon State (Arizona)
* New Americans in the Natural State (Arkansas)
* New Americans in the Golden State (California)
* New Americans in the Centennial State (Colorado)
* New Americans in the Sunshine State (Florida)
* New Americans in the Peach State (Georgia)
* New Americans in the Prairie State (Illinois)
* New Americans in the Hoosier State (Indiana)
* New Americans in the Pelican State (Louisiana)
* New Americans in the Pine Tree State (Maine)
* New Americans in the Great Lakes State (Michigan)
* New Americans in the North Star State (Minnesota)
* New Americans in the Silver State (Nevada)
* New Americans in the Empire State (New York)
* New Americans in the Garden State (New Jersey)
* New Americans in the Tar Heel State (North Carolina)
* New Americans in the Buckeye State(Ohio)
* New Americans in the Keystone State (Pennsylvania)
* New Americans in the Palmetto State (South Carolina)
* New Americans in the Volunteer State (Tennessee)
* New Americans in the Beehive State (Utah)
* New Americans in the Old Dominion State (Virginia)
For more information contact Wendy Sefsaf at 202-507-7524 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Immigration Policy Center (IPC), established in 2003, is the policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC's mission is to shape a rational national conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy on U.S. society. IPC reports and materials are widely disseminated and relied upon by press and policy makers. IPC staff regularly serves as experts to leaders on Capitol Hill, opinion-makers and the media. IPC is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office.
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