The New American Electorate: The Growing Political Power of Immigrants and Their Children

The New American Electorate: The Growing Political Power of Immigrants and Their Children

According to a new report from the Immigration Policy Center, naturalized citizens and the U.S.-born children of Latin American and Asian immigrants comprise a large and growing bloc of voters that has been consistently overlooked and politically underestimated. The report, The New American Electorate: The Growing Political Power of Immigrants and Their Children (27 pages, PDF), found that between the presidential elections of 1996 and 2004 the number of "new Americans" registered to vote jumped nearly 60 percent, while the number of Latinos and Asian Americans registered to vote increased nearly 46 percent. Released in October, the report also predicted that 2008 would be a banner year for new American voters due to record-breaking naturalization rates, registration efforts, and voter turnout.