From the Immigration Policy Center:
NEW AMERICANS IN THE LONE STAR STATE
Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians are Growing Economic and Political Force in Texas
Washington D.C. – The Immigration Policy Center has compiled research which shows that immigrants, Latinos, and Asians are an important part of Texas’s economy, labor force, and tax base. Immigrants and their children are a growing economic and political force as consumers, taxpayers, and entrepreneurs. Immigrants accounted for nearly 1/10 registered voters in the state and more than 1/5 of all workers. With the state working towards economic recovery, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and political future of the Lone Star State.
Highlights from Texas include:
* Immigrants made up 16.0% (or 3,828,904 people) of Texas’s population in 2007, which is roughly the total population of Los Angeles, California.
* 30.9% of immigrants in 2007 (or 1,185,001 people) in Texas were naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote.
* Latinos accounted for 36.0% (or 8,605,577) and Asians 3.4% (or 812,749) of Texans in 2007.
* The 2008 purchasing power of Latinos totaled $175.3 billion and Asian buying power totaled $33.5 billion in Texas in 2007.
* If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Texas, the state could lose $69.3 billion in expenditures, $30.8 billion in economic output, and approximately 403,174 jobs.
There is no denying the contributions immigrants, Latinos, and Asians make in Texas and the important role they will play in the state’s political and economic future. For more data on their contributions to the Lone Star State, view the IPC fact sheet in its entirety.