Economic Impact

Why DACA Works and Should Continue Until a Permanent Solution Is Put in Place

Why DACA Works and Should Continue Until a Permanent Solution Is Put in Place

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative celebrates its fifth anniversary on Tuesday. By providing hundreds of thousands of young people temporary relief from deportation, DACA has resulted in significant economic and social benefits for the United States. Recipients of DACA receive temporary relief from deportation and a renewable 2-year work permit, enabling them […]

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Even More Evidence that Immigration Reform Saves Money

Written by on May 22, 2015 in Economic Impact, 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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Cities in States Suing Over Executive Action Are Welcoming Immigrants

Cities in States Suing Over Executive Action Are Welcoming Immigrants

Half of the states have joined a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action on immigration, the latest being Tennessee. Yet leadership of cities across the nation support the administration’s actions—even those within states whose governors and attorneys general are suing to stop it. What explains the disconnect? It seems the higher-up the elected official, the […]

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Without Citizenship, Immigration Reformers Could be Leaving Dollars on the Table

Without Citizenship, Immigration Reformers Could be Leaving Dollars on the Table

While President Obama’s State of the Union Address will reportedly focus on income inequality in the United States, it is also a likely bet that he will address the economic benefit of immigration reform even as Republicans are finalizing their immigration principles. As conversations around immigration reform proposals forge ahead, the economic benefits of citizenship […]

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Dollars and Lives Lost in the Wait for Immigration Reform

Written by on September 23, 2013 in Economic Impact, Economics, Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
Dollars and Lives Lost in the Wait for Immigration Reform

Two-and-a-half months after the Senate passed immigration reform legislation (S. 744), the House of Representatives continues to dawdle. Other than giving speeches and mulling over a few backward-looking, enforcement-only bills, the House has done nothing to revamp the broken U.S. immigration system or to realistically resolve the status of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants now […]

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Why Citizenship Matters in Immigration Reform

Written by on July 30, 2013 in Economic Impact, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
Why Citizenship Matters in Immigration Reform

As the August recess approaches, the debate surrounding immigration reform and citizenship will shift away from Washington and into town hall meetings and events in local communities.  In anticipation of this, today the AFL-CIO hosted an event on citizenship featuring among others, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA).  Both men emphasized the […]

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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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Experts from Left and Right Agree on Economic Power of Immigration Reform

Experts from Left and Right Agree on Economic Power of Immigration Reform

In recent years, study after study has demonstrated a simple yet economically powerful truth about broad-based immigration reform: workers with legal status earn more than workers who are unauthorized—and these extra earnings generate more tax revenue, as well as more consumer spending, which creates more jobs. As a new report from the Center for American […]

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Small Business Owners Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Small Business Owners Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Small business owners throughout the United States have a pulse on the goings on within their local communities. They recognize that immigrant workers and their families are also consumers, which helps to create additional jobs and bolster local economies. Within that context, two new polls highlight small business owners’ perspectives of immigration and its positive […]

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