Phoenix — An Immigration Snapshot

Interim Constituencies Program Director

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February 25, 2015

With 257,325 immigrants living in it’s metropolitan area, Phoenix is one the fastest growing cities in the nation.

These folks comprise 18% of the labor force, account for 18% of all businesses, and represent a significant portion of high school students graduating from our schools.

So, while Congress debates the future of immigration reform, we’re looking to communities like Phoenix that have the opportunity to address immigration and forge a major impact on the local political environment, schools system, public services, and economic prosperity.

Check out our snapshot on immigrants in Phoenix, then sign up to help us build an immigration agenda that will help Phoenix immigrants attain the opportunities, skills, and status they need to help our city reach its fullest potential.

Phoenix: An Immigration Snapshot

[1] US Census Bureau: State & County Quick Facts, Phoenix (city), Arizona
[2] 2000 Census Data, Phoenix
[3] Selected Social Characteristics, ACS 2009-2013
[4] Rob Paral and Associates analysis of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigrant Statistics data, http://robparal.com/NatzEligible/Naturalize.html, with additional analysis by the National Immigration Forum
[5] Children Who are Foreign Born, Phoenix
[6] Four Year Graduation Rate of Students with Limited English Proficiency
[7] States Reward Students with Bilingual Skills
[8] Selected Characteristics of the Native and Foreign-Born Populations, ACS 2009-2013
[9] Selected Characteristics of the Native and Foreign-Born Populations, ACS 2009-2013
[10] Id.
[11] Migration Policy Institute: LEP Linguistic Data
[12] Fiscal Policy Institute, Immigration Research Initiative: Immigrant Small Business Owners, July 2012
[13] Id.
[14] New American Facts, Arizona
[15]Place of Birth for the Foreign-Born Population of the United States, ACS 2009-2013
[16] Pew Hispanic Center, http://www.pewhispanic.org/interactives/unauthorized-immigrants-2012/