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Bipartisan Policy Center Report – “Immigration Reform: Implications for Growth, Budget and Housing”


On October 29, 2013, BPC released a policy report highlighting the potential impact of immigration reform on economic revitalization.  Specifically, the BPC’s assessment indicates that immigration reform could significantly increase the number of young, working-age people in the U.S., leading to greater economic growth, reduced federal deficits, and a more robust housing sector. In addition, the analysis, which is joined by former governors and Cabinet secretaries, underscores the economic danger of preventing unauthorized immigration without allocating replacement labor, as well as the important role of Congress in shaping how immigration reform impacts economic prosperity.

Read study here.

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Read the Press Release here.


ImmigrationWorks Grassroots Business Update

Updated Bi-weekly

EWIC member ImmigrationWorks USA regularly publishes an immigration update on business grassroots activity across the U.S. The goal of ImmigrationWorks USA is to amplify businesses voices.

See the update here.

“Filling the gap: Less-skilled immigration in a changing economy”

Madeline Zavodny, Tamar Jacoby | American Enterprise Institute and Immigration Works USA
June 10, 2013

“Despite the economic benefits of low-skilled immigration, the United States makes it extremely difficult for less-skilled foreigners to enter the country to work. Creating a workable legal path for them to enter the U.S. and fill jobs when there are no willing and able Americans would have significant benefits for the workers, their employers and the rest of the nation – for economic reasons but also because of what it would do to restore the rule of law.” Read more here.

“Citizenship, Values, & Cultural Concerns:  What Americans Want From Immigration Reform”

Brookings – 2013

Findings from the 2013 Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey  include:

“More than 6-in-10 (63%) Americans agree that the immigration system should deal with immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. illegally by allowing them a way to become citizens, provided they meet certain requirements.”

“Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans agree that immigrants coming to this country today mostly take jobs that Americans don’t want.”

“The Effect of Mexican Immigration on the Wages and  Employment of U.S. Natives: Evidence from the Timing of Mexican Fertility Shocks”

Aaron Chalfin and Morris Levy, Professors, UC Berkeley – March 2013

“Mexican immigration is associated with no change in either the wages, the unemployment rate or the employment-to-population ratio of unskilled U.S. natives in any education-experience group. ” Read more here.

“From Brawn to Brains”

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – 2011

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas found that “the benefits of immigration accrue from high- and low-skilled immigrants. Both tend to complement the native workforce, bringing brains or brawn to locations and occupations where there is a need. “   The Bank concluded that, “immigration laws should be rewritten to focus on economic priorities.” Read more here.

“Immigration Reform, Economic Growth, and the Fiscal Challenge”

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, American Action Forum – April 2013

“Immigration reform can raise population growth, labor force growth, and thus growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In addition, immigrants have displayed entrepreneurial rates above that of the native born population.  New entrepreneurial vigor embodied in new capital and consumer goods can raise the standard of living.” Read more here.

“The Effect of Immigration on Productivity: Evidence from US States”

Giovanni Peri, National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper no. 15507 — November 2009

The paper concluded that there is “no evidence that immigrants crowded-out employment and hours worked by natives. At the same time we find robust evidence that they increased total factor productivity, on the one hand, while they decreased capital intensity and the skill-bias of production technologies, on the other.” Read more here.