The Last Frontier – Immigrants, Latinos and Asians are a Growing Economic and Political Force in Alaska

As the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Day of Action is swiftly approaching on March 25, 2010, we thought that it would be an appropriate time to provide some statistics on the Immigrant population in the United States as provided by research conducted through the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) of the American Immigration Counsel (AIC). The AILA National Day of Action is an opportunity to educate Members of Congress and their staff about the problems plaguing our immigration system so that they can be more effective in crafting, promoting and supporting legislative solutions.

The IPC has complied research on the Immigrant, Latino and Asian community for most of the states within our Nation. Every Wednesday, we will provide in our blog post, the highlights from the research conducted by the IPC.

Alaska – The Last Frontier

The IPC has complied research which shows that Immigrants, Latinos and Asians are an essential part of Alaska’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, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and political future of the Last Frontier.

Below, please find the highlights from Alaska:

 Immigrants made up 7.2% (or 48,928 people) of Alaska’s population in 2007.
 51.2% of immigrants in 2007 (or 25,046 people) in Alaska were naturalized U.S. Citizens who are eligible to vote.
 Latinos accounted for 2.6% (or 8,000 people) and Asians 2.3% (or 7,000 people) of Alaskans in 2008.
 The purchasing power of Latinos totaled $1.2 billion and Asian buying power totaled $1.1 billion in Alaska in 2009.
 If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Alaska, the state could lose $484.7 million in expenditures, $ 215.3 million in economic output, and approximately 1,980 jobs.

There is no denying the contributions Immigrants, Latinos and Asians make in Alaska and the important role they will play in the state’s political and economic future. For more data on their contributions to the Last Frontier, view the IPC fact sheet in its entirety.

Immigration Reform will not come until we as a Nation are fully aware of the problems plaguing the current system.

The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) is the research and policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC’s mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy on U.S. society. IPC reports and materials are widely disseminated and relied upon by press and policy makers. IPC staff regularly serves as experts to leaders on Capitol Hill, opinion-makers and the media. IPC, formed in 2003 is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office.