Immigration issues have once again assumed center stage in policy circles at every level of government in the United States, as the number of new immigrants, many undocumented and many from Latin American nations, has risen markedly in recent years. This is certainly true in Nebraska. According to US Census figures for 2000, the total immigrant population in Nebraska was estimated to be 74,638. By 2006, this figure had risen to 99,500, a 33.3 percent increase. By comparison, the total native-born population in the state grew less than 2.0 percent over the same six-year period.
This study attempts to quantitatively measure the impact of the state’s immigrant population on the Nebraska economy, with some attention paid to Latin American immigrant groups.
Decker, Christopher; Deichert, Jerry; and Gouveia, Lourdes, "Nebraska’s Immigrant Population: Economic and Fiscal Impacts - OLLAS Report No. 5" (2008). Latino/Latin American Studies Reports. 9.