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New American Voters: How Immigrants will Define this Election

Last week, the Immigration Policy Center realeased their latest report, The New American Electorate: The Growing Political Power of Immigrants and their Children. Their finding have identified a new and powerful voter bloc in the United States – the “New Americans”, who are immigrants or the children of immigrants born after 1965.

According to the report, these voters are growing fast and gaining serious political power in the US – and 2008 will be their breakout year:

  • Record-Breaking Naturalization Rates. There are roughly 3 million more naturalized citizens eligible to vote now than there were during the last presidential election in 2004.
  • Turbo-Charged Registration Efforts. The 2006 immigrant mobilizations spurred this year’s ambitious voter-registration and get-out-the-vote campaigns, including the We Are America Alliance and “Ya es Hora, Ve y Vota” .
  • Record Turnouts Expected. Latino turnout may hit record highs in 2008, surmounting the 7.6 million Latino voters who turned out in 2004.

Not only will these voters be turning out in record numbers, but one of their top issues is, you guessed it, IMMIGRATION. The much-avoided topic of the 2008 season will be a major decider in how the New Americans vote on November 4th.

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