The Economic Impact of Immigrant-Related Local Ordinances

This Americas Society white paper provides the first comparative look at the average economic effects of how restrictive versus non-restrictive immigration-related city ordinances affect a city’s business environment. In a context of high unemployment and lackluster business growth, along...

The Real Cost of a Closed Door Policy

"[C]losed-minded attitudes by many native-born Americans prevent us from fully exploiting the opportunities presented by foreigners wanting only an H1B visa to give this country the benefits of their skills, training, education and network connections for the enrichment of all those living...

No DREAMers Left Behind: The Economic Potential of DREAM Act Beneficiaries

"This study aims to measure the economic impact of integrating these youths into the national economy, through the DREAM Act, by calculating their income over a 40-year period. ... In the No DREAMers Left Behind scenario, 2.1 million undocumented immigrants would become legalized and generate approximately...

DREAM Act Passage Could Generate Trillions For U.S. Economy

"A new study from researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles found that passage of the DREAM Act and inclusion of students in U.S. educational and professional institutions could generate between $1.4 and $3.6 trillion (current) dollars in the next 40 years , based on the...

Civil Rights Groups Target Alabama's Immigration Law

"Opponents of Alabama's stringent immigration law said their next phase of attack will include a new legal challenge and a "public education" campaign targeting the state's tourism and auto industries. Wade Henderson, CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights...

Economic Benefits of Granting Deferred Action to DREAMers

Some worry that giving work permits to thousands of DREAMers will make a depressed job market even worse. Wrong. Here's why : The President’s deferred action initiative: gives beneficiaries the opportunity to increase their standard of living—and their tax contributions; will...

International Students Boost State Economies by $21.81 Billion

"Each November, NAFSA issues a report – including detailed state-by-state analysis – on the economic benefits of spending by international students and their dependents to the U.S. economy. The latest analysis shows that, during the 2011-2012 academic year, international students and...

David Brooks: Immigration is 'The Easy Problem'

"The forlorn pundit doesn’t even have to make the humanitarian case that immigration reform would be a great victory for human dignity. The cold economic case by itself is so strong. Increased immigration would boost the U.S. economy. ... immigration reform is our best chance to increase America’s...

Five Things Economists Know About Immigration

1. It’s really good for immigrants 2. It’s very good for the economy as a whole 3. It increases innovation 4. The typical native-born worker probably benefits 5. Low-skilled native workers probably don’t see any effect - Dylan Matthews, Jan. 25, 2013 .

The Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform

"A benchmark immigration reform would raise the pace of economic growth by nearly a percentage point over the near term, raise GDP per capita by over $1,500 and reduce the cumulative federal deficit by over $2.5 trillion." - AAF, Apr. 9, 2013 .

The Immigration Windfall

"[L]et's step back and consider the central question that's been debated since the great wave of Ellis Island immigrants a century ago: Do foreign newcomers contribute more to the economy than they cost? ... [T]he more important rebuttal [to restrictionists] is contained in a new study by...

Transformation of a Town Underscores Immigrants’ Impact

"While there is considerable debate about whether increased immigration depresses wages on the low end of the pay scale, most experts say allowing more new immigrants and offering a more secure legal footing for workers who are currently in the country illegally would bring the nation broad economic...