The Immigration Policy Center has released an important study, highlighting the political and economic muscle of immigrants in each of the 50 states. The South Carolina stats are below. If you’d like your own PDF, which includes links and footnotes, click here.
NEW AMERICANS IN SOUTH CAROLINA:
The Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians
in the Palmetto State
Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians account for large and growing shares of the economy and population in the state of South Carolina. Immigrants (the foreign-born) make up 4.7% of the state’s population and nearly one-third of immigrants in South Carolina are naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote. “New Americans”—immigrants and the children of immigrants—account for 2.3% of all registered voters in the state. Latinos and Asians (both foreign-born and native-born) wield $6.8 billion in consumer purchasing power. At last count, businesses owned by Latinos and Asians had sales and receipts of $4.6 billion and employed more than 29,000 people. At a time when the economy is in a slump, South Carolina can ill-afford to alienate such an important component of its labor force, tax base, and business community.
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