Economics

How Immigration is Key to New York City’s Renaissance

Written by on April 16, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
How Immigration is Key to New York City’s Renaissance

As a gateway to the United States, New York City has long been defined by the generations of immigrants who have made it their home. In a city of 8.3 million people, more than 3.1 million—38 percent of New York City’s population—are foreign-born, according to the 2012 American Community Survey. And in the case of [...]

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Undocumented Immigrants Contribute Billions in Taxes

Undocumented Immigrants Contribute Billions in Taxes

Death and taxes, according to Benjamin Franklin, are the only things in life that are certain. And despite the prevailing myth perpetrated by nativist groups, there are plenty of undocumented immigrants facing the certainty of taxes on April 15. They pay billions in state and local taxes every year that help to fund benefits they [...]

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Majority of U.S. Patents Granted to Foreign Individuals

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 1 Comment
Majority of U.S. Patents Granted to Foreign Individuals

The contributions of immigrants are visible in communities and industries across the nation, and as a recent article highlights, immigrants’ economic and innovative additions can be seen in the form of patent grants. More than half of all 302,948 patent grants in 2013 were to foreign individuals, including both immigrants and foreign investors. Studies about [...]

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High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Crucial to Local Economies

Written by on April 1, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Crucial to Local Economies

Recently, a growing number of cities and states have begun pursuing strategies that attract and welcome immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs in order to grow their economies. Encouraging immigrant high-tech entrepreneurship, and addressing the factors that cultivate an environment in which entrepreneurs may be more successful, is yet another avenue for growth cities may wish to [...]

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How the Broken Immigration System Hurts Farmworkers Who Pick Our Crops

Written by on March 28, 2014 in Economics, Reform with 0 Comments
How the Broken Immigration System Hurts Farmworkers Who Pick Our Crops

By Adrienne DerVartanian, Director of Immigration and Labor Rights of Farmworker Justice Like many Americans and aspiring Americans, Juan (a pseudonym to protect his identity) has high hopes for immigration reform. Juan came to the United States from Mexico in 1995. Over the past 18 years, he has migrated throughout the country, cultivating and harvesting many [...]

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House Immigration Reform Bill Gets Fiscal Seal of Approval from CBO

Written by on March 26, 2014 in Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Economics with 0 Comments
House Immigration Reform Bill Gets Fiscal Seal of Approval from CBO

Ahead of the introduction of a discharge petition demanding a vote on HR 15, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Tuesday issued its fiscal verdict on the immigration reform bill that has been languishing in the House of Representatives since October 2013. According to the CBO, the reforms called for in the bill would more [...]

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Labor Shortages Increase U.S. Reliance on Imported Foods, Harming Local Economies

Written by on March 18, 2014 in Alabama, Business, Economics with 0 Comments
Labor Shortages Increase U.S. Reliance on Imported Foods, Harming Local Economies

While U.S. consumers increasingly seek out locally grown produce in grocery stores and farmers markets, imported fruits and vegetables are making up a growing share of the produce consumed in the United States. U.S. agricultural production is out of alignment with the demands of consumers and one problem is the difficulty in finding skilled farm [...]

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Increase in Deportations Harms Native-Born Workers and Economy

Increase in Deportations Harms Native-Born Workers and Economy

More immigrants are being “removed” from the United States than ever before by a deportation system that has grown larger and more aggressive coupled with   an agency with misplaced priorities in which most immigrants deported pose no threat to anyone. “For nearly two decades, the federal government has been pursuing an enforcement-first approach to immigration [...]

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How Immigration Is Good for Science Research in U.S.

Written by on March 4, 2014 in Economics, Students with 0 Comments
How Immigration Is Good for Science Research in U.S.

Research and knowledge are becoming key to economic growth worldwide, increasing the importance of intellectual work. And for the United States in particular, immigrants play an important role in science and engineering (S&E) research. Indeed, a February report from the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Science and Engineering Indicators 2014, notes [...]

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Obama Can’t Escape Immigration at North American Summit

Written by on February 19, 2014 in Border, Economics, President Obama with 1 Comment
Obama Can’t Escape Immigration at North American Summit

One would be hard pressed to engage in a discussion about U.S.-Mexico relations and not have the topic of immigration raise its head in a matter of minutes. Immigration is a critically important aspect of the relationship between the two countries, intersecting virtually every topic imaginable, from agriculture to popular culture. So it is ironic [...]

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