New American Economy (NAE) has released a Map the Impact report, which highlights the economic, voting and other impacts immigrants have on their respective states, cities, congressional districts and industries and uses that data as a basis for its call for immigration reform efforts across the country.
“Mayor (Mitch) Landrieu believes America is a nation of immigrants and our diversity is a strength,” Tyronne B. Walker, senior adviser and communications director for the Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, told the Louisiana Record. “It is a fact that immigrants make considerable impacts to our local and national economy.”
Map the Impact includes information on immigrant tax contributions, spending power, entrepreneurship, workforce, homeownership, demographics and voting power.
“This data puts the economic power of America’s immigrants in stark relief,” NAE chairman John Feinblatt said in a release. “Across the map, and in every industry, immigrants strengthen the economies of big cities and small towns alike.”
According to the information specific to Louisiana, an influx of immigrants came to the state between 2010 and 2014 to assist in rebuilding the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. The report shows that those immigrants stayed in Louisiana and are helping the local economy as taxpayers, entrepreneurs and consumers.
Read the full story from the Louisiana Record: “New Orleans mayor spokesman: Immigrants ‘make considerable impacts’ on economy“