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

Washington D.C. – The ImmigrationPolicy Center

has compiled research which shows that immigrants, Latinos, and

Asians are an important part of Louisiana’s economy and tax base. As

workers, consumers, taxpayers, and entrepreneurs, immigrants and their

children are a growing economic force. As the state works

towards recovery, immigrants and their children will continue to play a

key role in shaping the economic and political landscape of the Pelican State.

Highlights

from Louisiana include:

  • Immigrants make up 3.3%

    of Louisiana’s total

    population.

  • More than 43% of immigrants

    in Louisiana are naturalized

    U.S.

    citizens who are eligible to vote.  

  • Latino workers contributed to

    making 86.9% of houses inhabitable after Hurricane Katrina across six

    parishes.

  • The purchasing power of Louisiana’s Latinos

    totaled $4.0 billion and Asians totaled $2.2 billion in 2008.

  • If all unauthorized immigrants

    were removed from Louisiana,

    the state would lose $947 million in expenditures, $421 million in

    economic output and approximately 6,600 jobs.

There is no

denying the contributions immigrants, Latinos, and Asians make

and the important role they will play in Louisiana’s political and economic

future. For more data on their contributions to Louisiana, view the IPC fact

sheet in its entirety.

Read more

about immigrant contributions in other states:  

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