Economics

Ending DACA Comes With Costs to Business and Government

Written by on December 19, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Economics with 0 Comments
Ending DACA Comes With Costs to Business and Government

In June of 2012, President Obama used his authority to provide protection from deportation and work authorization to certain undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. In the ensuing four years, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has proven enormously successful for the 740,000 individuals who have benefited from the initiative. Removal […]

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Immigrant Potential Is an Expensive Thing to Waste

Written by on December 8, 2016 in Economics, High Skilled with 0 Comments
Immigrant Potential Is an Expensive Thing to Waste

High-skilled new Americans often face obstacles in obtaining jobs appropriate to their skill level. There are many reasons for this. Those who are educated outside the U.S. may fail to have their foreign training recognized by U.S. employers and licensing bureaus. Some lack proficiency in English and race and ethnicity also play a factor. A […]

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New American Undergraduates Are Key to Growth

Written by on December 5, 2016 in Demographics, Economics with 0 Comments
New American Undergraduates Are Key to Growth

The U.S. Department of Education recently released new data on university undergraduates that underscores the key role immigrants and their children play in our economy. New American Undergraduates examines the enrollment trends of immigrant (foreign-born) and second-generation (born in the U.S. to at least one foreign-born parent) students. Together, they are referred to as New […]

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New Study Shows the Multiple Forms of Skilled Immigrant Labor

Written by on November 28, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Economics, Low Wage with 0 Comments
New Study Shows the Multiple Forms of Skilled Immigrant Labor

It is well known that immigrants make enormous contributions to the U.S. economy as workers, consumers, taxpayers, and entrepreneurs. As part of the labor force, immigrants are employed in a wide range of industries but tend to be concentrated in some occupations at both ends of the occupational spectrum. At the “lower end” of the […]

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Immigrant Service Members to be Naturalized and Remembered on Veterans Day

Written by on November 11, 2016 in Demographics, Integration with 0 Comments
Immigrant Service Members to be Naturalized and Remembered on Veterans Day

This year on Veterans Day, over 40 naturalization ceremonies will take place and 7,500 veterans, service members, and military spouses will become the newest Americans. While that may seems like a large number of people, it should come as no surprise as immigrant participation in the U.S. armed services is nothing new. In fact, immigrants […]

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Contemplating Our Immigrant Future

Written by on October 31, 2016 in Economics, Reform with 0 Comments
Contemplating Our Immigrant Future

One of the many lessons to be learned from this year’s presidential campaign is that immigration is far too complex to be captured by political slogans and soundbites. Whether a candidate is trying to “build walls” or “build bridges,” the reality of immigration is finely nuanced. The United States neither welcomes all immigrants nor does […]

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USCIS Fees to Increase in December

Written by on October 26, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments
USCIS Fees to Increase in December

Fees for immigration transactions will increase by an average of 21 percent beginning on December 23, 2016. Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fees. While the fees for some petitions will remain the same, others will see significant increases. According to USCIS, the […]

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The Balance Sheet on Immigration

Written by on October 14, 2016 in Tax Contributions with 0 Comments
The Balance Sheet on Immigration

This election season, tax returns have become a major campaign issue. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns and admitted that he has not paid federal taxes in many years. In response, billionaire Warren Buffett released detailed information about his tax records.  And unauthorized immigrants in New York pledged to […]

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Six of America’s 2016 Nobel Laureates are Immigrants

Written by on October 11, 2016 in Integration with 1 Comment
Six of America’s 2016 Nobel Laureates are Immigrants

Each year, the Nobel Foundation awards prizes in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace to the most innovative scientists, researchers, writers, and peace-builders in our world. So far this year, six Americans have been awarded the prize in the areas of chemistry, physics and economics—each of whom is an immigrant. These scientists have […]

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How Investing in Immigrants Leads to a Tax Surplus for States

Written by on October 3, 2016 in Economics, Integration, State by State with 0 Comments
How Investing in Immigrants Leads to a Tax Surplus for States

While the federal government is responsible for admitting immigrants to the U.S., immigrants live in states and local communities. And at the local level, immigrants are our neighbors, coworkers, and classmates, in addition to being taxpayers and consumers. They contribute to local and state economies and have a fiscal impact at the state and local […]

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