Economics

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Launch Over One in Four New Businesses

Written by on June 22, 2015 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
Immigrant Entrepreneurs Launch Over One in Four New Businesses

June is Immigrant Heritage Month in the United States, a celebration of our shared heritage as a nation of immigrants and a time to reflect on how immigrants boost our economy. While immigrants make up around 13 percent of the U.S. population, they play an outsize role in entrepreneurship and business formation relative to their […]

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Immigrants Contribute to North Carolina’s Economic Vitality

Written by on June 18, 2015 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments
Immigrants Contribute to North Carolina’s Economic Vitality

With one of the highest growth rates for the immigrant population since 1990, there is mounting evidence that North Carolina’s immigrant population is a crucial contributor to the state’s economy. A new report from the North Carolina Justice Center finds that immigrants generate a larger share of economic activity in North Carolina than their share […]

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Even More Evidence that Immigration Reform Saves Money

Written by on May 22, 2015 in Economics, Reform with 0 Comments
Even More Evidence that Immigration Reform Saves Money

Among serious researchers, it is largely a settled matter that comprehensive immigration reform benefits the U.S. economy at all levels, from deficit reduction and added tax revenue to job creation and higher wages. That was the conclusion of the Congressional Budget Office, for instance, with regard to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of […]

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How Much Do Undocumented Immigrants Pay in State and Local Taxes?

Written by on April 21, 2015 in Economics, Undocumented Immigration with 6 Comments
How Much Do Undocumented Immigrants Pay in State and Local Taxes?

Undocumented immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy in many ways. They fill essential jobs, they sustain U.S. businesses through their purchase of goods and services, and they pay taxes to federal, state, and local governments. Their contributions would be even greater if they had a chance to earn legal status and didn’t have the danger […]

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Adding Up the Economic Benefits of the President’s Deferred Action Initiatives

Adding Up the Economic Benefits of the President’s Deferred Action Initiatives

As the Center for American Progress (CAP) points out in a new analysis, immigrants with legal status earn more than immigrants who don’t have legal status. Immigrants who earn more also buy more goods and services from U.S. businesses (not to mention paying more in taxes). And all of this extra spending creates new jobs […]

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How Inaction on Immigration Impacts the Agricultural Economy

Written by on April 1, 2015 in AgWorkers, Economics with 1 Comment
How Inaction on Immigration Impacts the Agricultural Economy

Due to its geographic diversity and natural resource abundance, the United States is one of the world’s leading agricultural producers and suppliers. Indeed, the $374 billion U.S. agriculture sector is critical to the U.S. economy, but its health depends on a functioning immigration system. From migrant workers on farms, to foreign-born scientists at agribusiness and […]

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Charlotte, NC Capitalizing on the Benefits of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Written by on March 25, 2015 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Integration with 0 Comments
Charlotte, NC Capitalizing on the Benefits of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Charlotte, North Carolina, like many southern metropolitan areas, has grown rapidly in recent decades. In 2013, when Charlotte declared itself a “welcoming city,” one in ten residents (10.1 percent) in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill metropolitan area were foreign-born, while one-third (32.6 percent) of “Main Street” business owners were foreign-born. “Main Street” businesses are the shops and […]

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The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration

Written by on March 17, 2015 in Economics, Employment, Hearings with 1 Comment
The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration

Note: Today’s blog features the oral testimony of Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Read his full written testimony here. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today on behalf of the American Immigration Council. […]

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How Small Business Immigrant Entrepreneurship Can Boost Economic Growth

Written by on March 11, 2015 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
How Small Business Immigrant Entrepreneurship Can Boost Economic Growth

Why is it important for places and organizations to connect the dots of immigrant entrepreneurship and local neighborhood economic growth? “Wherever you find immigrant growth you’ll find entrepreneurship. Some of the storefront businesses [in Iowa, for example…] would not be there without immigrant entrepreneurs,” Iowa State University researcher Sandra Burkesaid. In the Miami metropolitan area, […]

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How Immigrant Women Contribute to the U.S. Economy

Written by on March 9, 2015 in Demographics, Economics with 1 Comment
How Immigrant Women Contribute to the U.S. Economy

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, it is worthwhile to keep in mind the depth and breadth of the contributions that immigrant women workers make to the U.S. economy. More and more, immigrant women are coming to the United States not as the dependent relatives of immigrant men, but as workers. According to the […]

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