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New Report Highlights Innovative Integration Initiatives in the Midwest

Written by on September 23, 2014 in Economics, Integration, State by State with 0 Comments
New Report Highlights Innovative Integration Initiatives in the Midwest

Last week, the Detroit City Council unanimously passed a resolution for Detroit to become a “welcoming city.” As Global Detroit notes, “The designation,” part of the Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative, “recognizes places that support locally-driven efforts to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural vitality.” As Detroit exemplifies, […]

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Nativist Group Falsely Blames Immigrants for Unemployment in Tennessee

Nativist Group Falsely Blames Immigrants for Unemployment in Tennessee

From the narrow, nativist perspective of groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), every immigrant worker who enters the U.S. economy is stealing a job from a native-born worker. In this view of the world, employment is a zero-sum game in which immigrants and the native-born compete for a fixed number of jobs. […]

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High-Skilled Immigration Boosts Native-Born Wages in Cities

Written by on May 9, 2014 in Economics, High Skilled, State by State with 0 Comments
High-Skilled Immigration Boosts Native-Born Wages in Cities

Despite the soaring demand there are only 85,000 H-1B visas available each year for high-skilled workers. And as a new report explains, these foreign workers who often work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields are helping to boost the wages of native born workers without taking away jobs. In the report published by […]

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How States And Local Economies Benefit From Immigrants

How States And Local Economies Benefit From Immigrants

Detroit usurped Jefferson County, Alabama’s place last week as the largest municipality in the United States ever to file for bankruptcy. And as signs increasingly pointed toward the city’s financial issues, local leaders in Southeast Michigan have been exploring ways in which to stabilize or strengthen Detroit’s economy. One way to do that is to […]

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Immigration Reform Fattens State Economies, Too

Immigration Reform Fattens State Economies, Too

“Should the United States be pro-immigrant?” asked Tax Watchdog Grover Norquist. “That’s like asking whether McDonald’s should make hamburgers. It’s made the United States work for several hundred years. It’s what’s made us different, what’s made us more successful,” said Norquist during a recent call summarizing a new report from Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) […]

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State Level Immigration Legislation and the Essential Economy

State Level Immigration Legislation and the Essential Economy

We often take for granted the important role “behind the scenes” workers – farm labor, restaurant work, and home health care – play in driving our economy. That’s one of the many conclusions of a new report from the Essential Economy Council, which studied the economic and social value of industries that make up what […]

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Immigrants Add Billions to the Arkansas Economy

Immigrants Add Billions to the Arkansas Economy

A perennial question in the immigration debate is whether or not immigrants contribute more to the economy than they cost. That is, do they add more economically as workers, taxpayers, consumers, and entrepreneurs than they “consume” in public education, public healthcare, and public benefits? In some ways, this question is misleading. Education and healthcare are […]

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Report by Maryland State Panel Details Positive Approach to Immigration

Report by Maryland State Panel Details Positive Approach to Immigration

A new report from the Commission to Study the Impact of Immigrants in Maryland concludes that immigrants bring a plethora of economic, social, and cultural contributions to the state of Maryland. The commission, which was created by the Maryland General Assembly, also warns against attempts to deal with unauthorized immigration through enforcement-only policies that needlessly […]

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Blaming Immigrants for State Budget Deficits Doesn’t Make Sense

Blaming Immigrants for State Budget Deficits Doesn’t Make Sense

Photo by atwatervillagenewbie As state and local governments grapple with growing budget deficits brought on by the current economic recession, some pundits and policymakers are attempting to blame immigrants—particularly undocumented immigrants. According to this flawed line of reasoning, which was on display in a June 21st Sacramento Bee editorial by Daniel Weintraub entitled “The cost […]

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