July 20, 2019

Immigrants Can Save the Economy

“We know from a wide body of research that immigrants on the whole help grow our economy. One of the most compelling data points is that immigrants have provided half of the growth in our workforce over the last decade. What’s more, immigrants have started 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies.

Immigrants who become U.S. citizens also give our country a dimension that homogenous societies often lack. They add to the vibrancy that only a diverse population generates. Think of the innovative companies that naturalized citizens like Sergey Brin have started, and the many rich cultural contributions immigrants have brought to the arts.

Unfortunately, complex laws and outdated priorities are causing the United States to realize only a fraction of the potential that immigrants could bring to our country’s growth. The U.S. also lags behind Australia and Canada in naturalization rates, which means we are not doing a good enough job turning legal immigrants into U.S. citizens.”

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