Economics

New Report Highlights Immigrant Contributions to the Texas Economy

Written by on September 19, 2014 in Business, Economics with 0 Comments
New Report Highlights Immigrant Contributions to the Texas Economy

There is no shortage of data on the ways in which immigration has added value to the Texas economy. As workers, taxpayers, consumers, and entrepreneurs, immigrants contribute billions of dollars to the state each year. And, contrary to popular stereotype, the contributions of immigrants are not confined to the labor of low-wage workers in construction [...]

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Deploying National Guard to Border Hurt Texas Economy

Written by on September 15, 2014 in Border, Economics, Military with 2 Comments
Deploying National Guard to Border Hurt Texas Economy

The thousands of Central American children and families fleeing violence and arriving at the southern U.S. border became national front-page news over the summer. Congress responded by saying a lot but doing nothing, while many states and cities welcomed them into their communities and provided humanitarian support. Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a different approach [...]

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Cities Find Creative Ways for Civic Immigrant Integration

Written by on September 12, 2014 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments
Cities Find Creative Ways for Civic Immigrant Integration

Shifts in where immigrants are settling once they arrive in the U.S. have encouraged local governments across the country to cultivate creative opportunities to better meet challenges and promote newcomer integration into the life of a city. Continuing its new series, Cities and Regions: Reaping Migration’s Local Dividends, the Migration Policy Institute released a new [...]

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Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants Could Add Billions in Taxes to U.S. Economy

Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants Could Add Billions in Taxes to U.S. Economy

There’s no question that improving the United States’ outdated immigration system would help the economy. The Senate-passed immigration bill S. 744 would have, if enacted, reduced the federal budget deficit by approximately $1 trillion over 20 years and led to an increase in wages for U.S. workers. But House leaders failed to bring up S. 744 [...]

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Foreign Students Contribute Billions to Metro Areas

Written by on August 29, 2014 in Economics with 1 Comment
Foreign Students Contribute Billions to Metro Areas

International students enrich U.S. colleges and universities, but “only recently, however, have local leaders begun to appreciate that students from fast-growing foreign economies can also be important anchors in building global connections between their hometowns abroad and their U.S. metropolitan destinations,” said Neil Ruiz, author of a new report released today by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy [...]

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Cities and Regions Explore Ways to Maximize Migration’s Local Dividends

Written by on August 28, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
Cities and Regions Explore Ways to Maximize Migration’s Local Dividends

Local officials are recognizing that immigration can play a role in their broader growth and development strategies. As Demetrios Papademetriou of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) explains, immigration can be an economic windfall for their communities through more jobs and growth. But these benefits are not automatic nor are they evenly accrued. Policymakers at all [...]

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Immigrants, Both Documented and Undocumented, Are Helping Save Medicare and Social Security

Written by on August 15, 2014 in Economics, Undocumented Immigration with 2 Comments
Immigrants, Both Documented and Undocumented, Are Helping Save Medicare and Social Security

A new report from the Partnership for the New American Economy and an analysis of Social Security data by MSNBC offer more evidence that immigrants, whether they are documented or undocumented, are major contributors to the economic well-being of major safety net programs. Because immigrants are generally younger and healthier than the native-born population, as [...]

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Immigrants Work in More Arduous Jobs than U.S. Natives, New Study Shows

Written by on August 12, 2014 in Economics, Myths, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Immigrants Work in More Arduous Jobs than U.S. Natives, New Study Shows

One of the reasons often cited to explain the importance of immigrant workers to the U.S. economy is the presumption that immigrants perform jobs that U.S. natives are unwilling to take. Numerous studies show that immigrant workers complement the native-born in various ways. But in spite of the growing evidence, restrictionist groups recurrently argue that [...]

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Nativist Group Falsely Blames Immigrants for Unemployment in Tennessee

Written by on August 7, 2014 in Economics, Employment, Myths, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
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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More Cities Charting an Immigrant-Friendly Path

Written by on July 31, 2014 in Economics with 1 Comment
More Cities Charting an Immigrant-Friendly Path

Positive changes are happening at the local level throughout the country. A growing number of cities, counties, and metropolitan areas get that welcoming immigrants for better and more comprehensive integration is good for their communities. Just within the past week, for example, the Ohio cities of Cincinnati and Springfield officially decided to become more immigrant-friendly. [...]

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