Economics

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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A Nation of Immigrants Celebrates Welcoming Week

Written by on September 19, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments
A Nation of Immigrants Celebrates Welcoming Week

Americans hold dear the ideal that the United States is a nation of immigrants. In fact, most Americans can easily recount their own family’s immigration history, and while we may hold differing views on how to update our outdated immigration system, the enduring knowledge that America was built by immigrants—and will always be a nation of […]

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Welcoming Thousands of New Americans on Citizenship Day

Written by on September 16, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments
Welcoming Thousands of New Americans on Citizenship Day

September 17 marks the day the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the U.S. Constitution. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is dedicated to all U.S. citizens, including those who have become naturalized U.S. citizens by choice. The day is marked by ceremonies and celebrations around the country, including nearly […]

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Why Restricting Immigration Won’t Improve Work Opportunities for Natives

Why Restricting Immigration Won’t Improve Work Opportunities for Natives

Serious economists know that immigrant and native-born workers cannot simply be swapped for one another like batteries. On average, immigrants and the native-born differ in terms of formal education, job experience, and English-language skills. As a result, immigrants and the native-born tend to “complement” each other rather than directly compete. Even among workers with the […]

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Eight Foreign-Born Olympians Win Medals for Team USA

Written by on August 22, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments
Eight Foreign-Born Olympians Win Medals for Team USA

This year, nearly 50 foreign-born athletes proudly represented the U.S. as part of the Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro, and eight of them won medals. Kerron Clement, born in Trinidad and Tobago, won Gold in the men’s 400 meter hurdles (Track and Field). Kyrie Irving, who won gold with the U.S. Men’s Basketball team, […]

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Team USA Includes These Immigrants and Foreign-Born Athletes Competing for Gold

Written by on August 5, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments
Team USA Includes These Immigrants and Foreign-Born Athletes Competing for Gold

As the Olympics kick off in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. is well-represented by its citizens – both native and foreign born. Forty-seven of those competing on Team USA were born outside of the country. Some like basketball star Kyrie Irving, Boyd Martin who competes in equestrian, rugby player Madison Hughes, and water polo player […]

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How Immigrants Strengthen the Economies of All 50 States

Written by on August 4, 2016 in Economics, State by State, Tax Contributions with 0 Comments
How Immigrants Strengthen the Economies of All 50 States

The economic and political impact of immigration is often discussed at the national level. This makes sense, especially since immigration is a nationwide issue and a federal responsibility. Yet this national focus often obscures the effects of immigration within particular states. Perhaps the most systematic and comprehensive effort so far to direct public attention to […]

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