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Muslims the New Swing Voters? Stay Tuned.

Table 1:

U.S. Immigrants by Region of Birth, 1970-2000

(in millions)

 

All Immigrants

Mideast

Asian

Other

1970

9.619

0.192

0.544

8.883

1980

14.079

0.499

2.182

11.398

1999

19.767

0.817

4.559

14.391

2000

31.108

1.470

7.088

22.550

Percent increase:

1970-80

46.4%

159.9%

301.1%

28.3%

1980-90

40.4%

63.7%

108.9%

26.3%

1990-2000

57.4%

79.9%

55.5%

56.7%

1970-2000

223.4%

665.6%

1202.9%

153.9%

Sources: Steve Camarota, "Immigrants from the Middle East," CIS, August 2002.

Figure 1. (Mideast immigrants)

 

Jack Martin, et.al., "Immigrant Stock`s Share of U.S. Population Growth," FAIR,

2005. Table B. (Asian;total foreign born).

 

Table 2:

Persons Obtaining Green Cards

by Country of Birth, 2000-2006

 

All Countries

Mexico

Muslim Countries (a)

2000

841,002

173,493

54,458

2001

1,058,902

205,560

61,767

2002

1,059,356

218,822

60,898

2003

703,542

115,585

41,042

2004

957,883

175,411

58,987

2005

1,122,373

161,445

81,068

2006

1,266,264

173,753

94,474

% incr., 2000-06:

50.6%

0.1%

73.5%

a. Afganistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia,

Somalia, Turkey, UAE, Yemen.

Source: Dept. of Homeland Security, "2006 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics,"

September 2007. Table 3.

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Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.