Immigrants who have become new American citizens in key swing states could prove influential in the 2020 election if effectively mobilized, according to a new study.
An analysis conducted by the progressive group New American Leaders found that naturalized citizens make up hundreds of thousands of eligible voters in key presidential swing states such Georgia, Arizona and Michigan.
New American Leaders, which helps immigrants run for elected office, released the numbers ahead of the fifth Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta on Wednesday, in the hopes that candidates would take notice and address the voting bloc on stage.
The report, conducted by University of California San Diego professor Tom Wong and researcher Nura Sedique, used micro-level data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey, which provides five-year population projections, as well as the Cooperative Congressional Election Study to make its estimates. [Continue reading…]