Demographics

Power of New American, Latino, and Asian Voters Continues to Grow

Written by on October 23, 2014 in Demographics, Elections with 1 Comment
Power of New American, Latino, and Asian Voters Continues to Grow

The U.S. electorate is undergoing a seismic shift that is playing itself out over the course of decades. As the American Immigration Council describes in a new report, “New Americans”—immigrants who are naturalized U.S. citizens, as well as the native-born children of immigrants—comprise a growing share of voters in the United States. The same is [...]

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Immigrants Offset Population Decline and Aging Workforce in Midwest Metros

Written by on June 25, 2014 in Demographics, Economics with 1 Comment
Immigrants Offset Population Decline and Aging Workforce in Midwest Metros

As Immigrant Heritage Month continues this June, it’s clear that an increasing number of places large and small across America recognize the value immigrants have brought and continue to bring to the United States. After all, metropolitan areas, as the drivers of the nation’s economy, are where the majority of immigrants live, and local communities [...]

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¿Es Cierto Que los Inmigrantes Están Destinados a Darle la Espalda al Partido Republicano?

Written by on February 11, 2014 in Demographics, Elections, En Español, Myths with 0 Comments
¿Es Cierto Que los Inmigrantes Están Destinados a Darle la Espalda al Partido Republicano?

El último pronóstico catastrófico sobre la política inmigratoria viene de la mano de un informe publicado por el grupo conservador Eagle Forum. En el mismo, los autores advierten a los sectores conservadores sobre el terrible impacto que la llegada de nuevos inmigrantes tendrá en el futuro electoral del Partido Republicano. Aunque esta idea no es [...]

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Are Immigrants Really Destined to Give the GOP the Cold Shoulder?

Written by on February 10, 2014 in Demographics, Elections, Myths, Voting with 0 Comments
Are Immigrants Really Destined to Give the GOP the Cold Shoulder?

The latest catastrophic forecast on immigration policy comes in the form of a report released by the conservative Eagle Forum warning Republicans about the presumed dire impact that the arrival of new immigrants through legal channels will have on the GOP’s electoral future. While this idea is far from new, the report relies on assumptions [...]

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How the 2014 Midterm Elections Could be Impacted by Immigration

How the 2014 Midterm Elections Could be Impacted by Immigration

By Tom K. Wong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego Despite hopes that 2013 would be the year of comprehensive immigration reform, legislation stalled in the House and the year ended without a bill. Since the House reconvened Tuesday, 427 days have passed since the November 2012 elections [...]

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How Latino and Asian Voters Made the Difference in 2013 Gubernatorial Elections

Written by on November 6, 2013 in Demographics, Elections, Reform, Republicans, Voting with 0 Comments
How Latino and Asian Voters Made the Difference in 2013 Gubernatorial Elections

In a Dickensian tale of two campaigns for governor, the Republican Party watched two very different strategies unfold on how to embrace or reject Latino voters on Tuesday. A majority of Latino voters voted for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as he soundly won reelection, while Ken Cuccinelli lost his campaign to be Virginia’s governor [...]

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How Immigrants on a Pathway to Citizenship can Revitalize Rust Belt Cities

How Immigrants on a Pathway to Citizenship can Revitalize Rust Belt Cities

Like Rust Belt cities such as Baltimore and Detroit, rural towns across America have experienced population declines in recent decades. Some places, however, are an exception to that trend thanks in part to the arrival of immigrants. For example, while other Iowa towns experienced population decline over the past several decades, West Liberty’s population grew [...]

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It’s Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month in Massachusetts!

It’s Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts is no stranger to the many benefits immigrant entrepreneurs bring to communities. From family owned restaurants and shops along small town main streets, to large Fortune 500 companies, immigrant-owned businesses make sizeable contributions to Massachusetts. And as a growing number of places around the country make efforts to attract and welcome immigrants, Massachusetts continues [...]

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From Coast to Coast, Immigrants Drive Local Economies

From Coast to Coast, Immigrants Drive Local Economies

Immigrant entrepreneurship has transformed Atlanta’s northeastern suburbs along and near Buford Highway into “International Village” – an area filled with immigrant restaurants, markets, specialty stores, and other businesses. Through ventures such as Chinatown Square, Asian Square Mall, and Plaza Fiesta immigrants have “economically and socially revived an area that faced economic stagnation and population decline.” [...]

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Immigration is a Positive Force for Economic Growth in Cities

Immigration is a Positive Force for Economic Growth in Cities

Posters on metro buses and trains in St. Louis will now welcome you to the city in 17 different languages, one of the many initiatives begun by the St. Louis Mosaic Project to create an atmosphere that welcomes and encourages immigrants to the area. Signs in the public transit system aren’t just designed to look [...]

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