Immigrants Shape the Michigan Election

February 6, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

On February 6, 2004 The Detroit News reported on how immigrant voters may shape the outcome of the 2004 presidential election in Michigan, noting that "their numbers may be small, but they could carry a lot of weight in a tight race, which the presidential contest in Michigan is likely to be. Among these swing voters in a swing state are Arab- and Muslim-Americans and two of the fastest-growing minorities: Mexicans and Asian Indians... They want what refugees have always wanted. Security. Freedom. It’s why they came to a place where they didn’t know the language, customs or laws and, against long odds, staked a new life. They were drawn by America as much as they were pushed from their old homes. To them, civil rights is more than an election issue. It’s a symbol of their adopted nation."