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New Americans, defined as immigrant citizens and the US-born children of immigrants, are the fastest-growing new voting bloc in the US. Since 2006, they’ve accounted for 1 in 10 registered voters, and ‘turbo-charged’ citizenship and voter registration efforts that built off of the momentum of the 2006-2007 immigration marches have only driven up these numbers.
According to the today’s new Immigration Policy Center report, “The New American Electorate”:
* New Americans Were Nearly 9% of All Registered Voters in 2006
* New Americans Registered Voters Jumped Nearly 60% between 1996 and 2004
* New Americans Share of Registered Voters Exceeded the 2004 Victory Margins in 16 States Including Battlegrounds: Nevada, Florida, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.
For many of the 1 million new citizens that have taken oaths since 2007, as for many of these Newest America Voters, immigration reform is a defining issue that is driving them to vote.
The momentum of the 2006 and 2007 immigration marches has pivoted into this historic display of electoral power by the New American Voter. As we mentioned last week, the Sleeping Giant is awake, alive, and getting ready to roar. It is not just Latino voters, but new citizens, Asian voters, and sons and daughters of immigrants who will change the face of this election.