Louisiana is home to a growing community that thrives on various forms of occupations and businesses. The state has a 4 percent immigrant population, which seems small, but immigrants have become a vital part of the state’s overall workforce. Immigrants in Louisiana account for 23% of the state’s labor force relating to fishing, farming and forestry occupations. Here are some more data relating to Louisiana’s immigrant population.
According to the American Immigration Council’s data collection from 2015, the top countries of origin for Louisiana immigrants are Mexico, Honduras, Vietnam, India, and Cuba. 3.3% of Louisiana’s state population consists of native-born Americans who have at least one immigrant parent. Over 75,000 immigrants became naturalized, and over 30,000 were eligible to become naturalized in 2015 (naturalization is the process by which a non-citizen may acquire citizenship or nationality). More than 25,000 Louisiana citizens live with at least one family member who is undocumented, and close to 2,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients live in the state as well.
5.4% of Louisiana’s labor force is comprised of immigrant workers. The construction industry has the highest number of immigrant workers, with food services, other services, retail trade, and manufacturing following. The largest immigrant share percentage (from all workers in the occupation) is in the farming, fishing, and forestry industry, with social sciences, construction, cleaning and maintenance, and computer and math sciences following.
Immigrants in Louisiana have contributed billions of tax dollars; immigrant-led households paid over $960 million in federal taxes and over $360 million in state and local taxes. If undocumented immigrants could receive legal status, their paid state and local taxes could rise from $68 million to $83 million.
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