Immigration in South Carolina
Immigrants (the foreign-born) make up 4.8% of the state’s population and over one-third of immigrants in South Carolina are naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote.
- “New Americans”—immigrants and the children of immigrants—account for 4.5% of all registered voters in the state.
- Latinos and Asians (both foreign-born and native-born) wield $8 billion in consumer purchasing power.
- At last count, businesses owned by Latinos and Asians had sales and receipts of $4.6 billion and employed more than 29,000 people. At a time when the economy is still recovering, South Carolina can ill afford to alienate such a critical component of its labor force, tax base, and business community.
For mor information go to http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/new-americans-south-carolina