Economics

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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California Bills Begin to Restore Fairness to Immigrants Caught up in Criminal Justice System

Written by on September 30, 2016 in Enforcement, State by State with 0 Comments
California Bills Begin to Restore Fairness to Immigrants Caught up in Criminal Justice System

California continues to lead the way on integrating its large immigrant community and protecting immigrants from the extreme consequences of federal immigration laws. On September 28, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed three bills into law that will restore some fairness to a system that is overly punitive towards immigrants who have been touched […]

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Investing in the Children of Immigrants is Critical for American Economy

Written by on September 26, 2016 in Economics, Immigration 101, Integration, Tax Contributions with 0 Comments
Investing in the Children of Immigrants is Critical for American Economy

Immigrants make many contributions to the U.S. economy through their labor power, purchasing power, tax payments, business formation and scientific innovation. Some of these contributions are captured in traditional cost-benefit analyses; others are not. But one of their most valuable economic contributions comes in the form of their native-born children. These children—the immigrant “second generation”—tend […]

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Immigration a Boon to U.S. Economy Finds National Panel of Experts

Immigration a Boon to U.S. Economy Finds National Panel of Experts

Immigrants and their descendants make valuable contributions to the U.S. economy, according to a new report just released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine entitled, The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration. The exhaustive report is written by a nationally recognized panel of experts. It takes a comprehensive look at the fiscal […]

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What is the Economic Cost of Deporting All Undocumented Immigrants?

What is the Economic Cost of Deporting All Undocumented Immigrants?

This election, there has been much discussion about what to do about unauthorized immigration. While candidate Hillary Clinton proposes a plan to eventually legalize most undocumented immigrants, Donald Trump has stated many times that he favors mass deportation. But what is the economic cost of deporting 11 million people, seven million of whom are an […]

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