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New Americans In The Evergreen State: Immigrants, Latinos, And Asians Are Growing Economic And Political Force In Washington

by Mary Giovagnoli et. al of the Immigration Policy Center

Washington D.C. - The Immigration Policy Center has compiled research which shows that immigrants, Latinos, and Asians are an important part of Washington's economy, labor force, and tax base.  Immigrants and their children are a growing economic and political force as consumers, taxpayers, and entrepreneurs. With the nation working towards economic recovery, Latinos, Asians and immigrants will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and political future of the Evergreen State.

Highlights from Washington include:     

  •  Immigrants made up one-in-eight (12.3%) Washingtonians (or 795,179 people) in 2007.
  • 41.8% of immigrants in 2007 (or 332,755 people) in Washington were naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote.

  • Latinos accounted for 9.4% (608,032) and Asians 6.6% (or 426,916) of Washingtonians in 2007.

  • The purchasing power of Asians totaled $16.6 billion and Latino buying power totaled $13.4 billion in Washington in 2009.

  • If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Washington, the state could lose $14.5 billion in economic activity, $6.4 billion in gross state product, and approximately 71,197 jobs. 
There is no denying the contributions immigrants, Latinos, and Asians make in Washington and the important role they will play in the state's political and economic future. For more data on their contributions to the Evergreen State, view the IPC fact sheet in its entirety: 
 Read more about immigrant contributions in other states:   

About The Author

Mary Giovagnoli is the Director of the Immigration Policy Center. Prior to IPC, Mary served as Senior Director of Policy for the National Immigration Forum and practiced law as an attorney with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security—serving first as a trial attorney and associate general counsel with the INS, and, following the creation of DHS, as an associate chief counsel for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Mary specialized in asylum and refugee law, focusing on the impact of general immigration laws on asylees. In 2005, Mary became the senior advisor to the Director of Congressional Relations at USCIS. She was also awarded a Congressional Fellowship from USCIS to serve for a year in Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s office where she worked on comprehensive immigration reform and refugee issues. Mary attended Drake University, graduating summa cum laude with a major in speech communication. She received a master’s degree in rhetoric and completed additional graduate coursework in rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin, before receiving a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She spent more than ten years teaching public speaking, argumentation and debate, and parliamentary procedure while pursuing her education.

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