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Why immigration reform is good for the economy.

 

White House White Board: Why Immigration Reform Is Good For Our Economy

 

Published on Jul 11, 2013

It’s clear commonsense immigration reform is good for the economy as a whole. Don’t take our word for it — study after study has shown that commonsense immigration reform will strengthen the economy, spur innovation, reduce the devotion and increase US trade and exports.

 

 

 

 

 

Cecilia Muñoz, Gene Sperling, Alan Krueger, Sylvia Mathews Burwell
July 10, 2013
01:20 PM EDT

 

America has always been a nation of immigrants, and throughout the nation’s history, immigrants from around the globe have kept our workforce vibrant, our businesses on the cutting edge, and helped to build the greatest economic engine in the world. However, America’s immigration system is broken and has not kept pace with changing times. Today, too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers and there are 11 million people living and working in the shadow economy. Neither is good for the economy or the country.

 

The Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) represents the best chance that our country has had in years to modernize our immigration system. The President urges the House of Representatives to take action and move this bill or similar legislation forward, and stands willing to work with all parties to make sure that commonsense immigration reform becomes a reality as soon as possible.

 

During a meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus this morning, the President released a White House report highlighting the extensive economic benefits of comprehensive immigration reform – and the significant costs to our country and our economy of failing to act at this critical time.

 

Economists, business leaders, and American workers agree – we must take advantage of this historic opportunity to fix our broken immigration system.  At stake is a stronger, more dynamic, and faster growing economy that will foster job creation, higher productivity and wages, and entrepreneurship.

 

Download the full White House report: The Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System

 

 

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

 

Commonsense immigration reform strengthens the overall economy and grows U.S. GDPIndependent studies affirm that commonsense immigration reform will increase economic growth by adding more high-demand workers to the labor force, increasing capital investment and overall productivity, and leading to greater numbers of entrepreneurs starting companies in the U.S.

  • The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that enacting the Senate immigration reform bill will increase real GDP relative to current law projections by 3.3 percent in 2023 and 5.4 percent in 2033 – an increase of roughly $700 billion in 2023 and $1.4 trillion in 2033 in today’s dollars.
  • The bipartisan Senate bill will increase the labor forceby 3.5 percent in 2023 and 5 percent in 2033, according to CBO, which will boost capital investment and lead to increased productivity and higher overall average wages.

 

 

Commonsense immigration reform fosters innovation and encourages more job creation and job growth in the U.S.The bipartisan Senate bill makes meaningful improvements to the existing employment-based green card system and strengthens the United States’ ability to attract and retain highly-skilled talent from around the world. Recent studies have shown that immigrants promote productivity and innovation, both directly and indirectly through positive spillover effects on American workers.

  • According to the Fiscal Policy Institute, immigrant-owned small businesses generated a total of $776 billion in receipts and employed an estimated 4.7 million peoplein 2007.
  • The Partnership for a New American Economy found that immigrants started 28 percent of all new U.S. businesses, despite accounting for only 13 percent of the U.S. population in 2011. Notably, more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or children of immigrants. These American companies represent 7 of the 10 most valuable brands globally, collectively employ more than 10 million people and generate annual revenue of $4.2 trillion.
  • The Senate bill creates a new Startup or INVEST visa thathelps foreign entrepreneurs build their businesses in the U.S. by creating a temporary visa and a permanent green card option, as well the potential for permanent resident status for those entrepreneurs whose companies create jobs for American workers.

 

 

Commonsense immigration reform increases the productivity of workers and adds new protections for American workers. According to CBO and other independent studies, immigration reform will increase overall U.S. productivity, resulting in higher GDP and higher wages. The bipartisan Senate bill also provides a host of protections for American workers and ensures that new worksite enforcement and border security measures deter future illegal immigration.

  • CBO estimates that real wages will be 0.5 percent higher in 2033 — the equivalent to an additional $250 of income for the median American household — as a result of enacting the Senate bill.
  • The Senate bill raises the “wage floor” for all workers—particularly in industries where large numbers of easily exploited, low-wage, unauthorized immigrants currently work.
  • Studies of the 1986 immigration reform law found thatlegalizing immigrants saw wage increases of about 10 percent, due in part to increases in workers’ productivity that benefited the economy as a whole.

 

 

Commonsense immigration reform would reduce the federal deficit, balance out an aging population, and strengthen Social Security.  According to CBO, the additional taxes paid by new and legalizing immigrants would much more than offset the estimated costs of the bill– enacting the bill would actually improve the federal budget outlook in both the short- and long-term.  Additional immigration would help balance out an increase in retirees-per-worker as the baby boom generation retires, providing essential financial support for U.S. social insurance programs.

  • CBO found that the enacting the Senate immigration reform bill will reduce the federal budget deficit by nearly $850 billion over the next 20 years.
  • Based on CBO’s analysis of the bill’s budgetary and economic effects, enacting the Senate bill would reduce the federal debt as a share of the economy by three percentage points in 2023, relative to current law.
  • The independent SSA Actuary estimates that the Senate’s immigration reform bill will add nearly $300 billion to the Social Security Trust Fund over the next decade and would improve Social Security’s finances over the long run, extending Social Security solvency by two years.

 

 

Comprehensive immigration reform will contribute to our housing market recovery and strengthen the technology, agriculture, and tourism industries, among others. In addition to the benefits described above – increasing total economic growth, boosting worker productivity, increasing innovation, and strengthening our fiscal health – the bipartisan Senate bill would bring specific benefits to a range of economic sectors.

  • A recent study from the Americas Society/Council for the Americas and Partnership for a New American Economy found that the 40 million immigrants currently in the U.S. have created $3.7 trillion in housing wealth.
  • According to a USDA simulation of a similar policy, an expanded agriculture temporary-worker program, wouldincrease long-run agricultural output by between 0.2 percent and 2.0 percent, depending on the crop, and would increase agricultural exports by between 0.2 percent and 3.2 percent.
  • Travel and tourism comprise the largest service-export industry in the U.S., setting a record $165.6 billion in exports and supporting 7.8 million jobs in 2012, according to the International Trade Administration. The industries’ continued growth depends on America’s ability to compete with other countries for international tourists (particularly those from emerging economies), which the Senate bill aims to do through numerous provisions that will facilitate increased travel and tourism to the United States while simultaneously strengthening our national security.

 

Cecilia Muñoz is the Director of the Domestic Policy Council. Gene Sperling is the Director of the National Economic Council. Alan Krueger is the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. Sylvia Mathews Burwell is the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget 
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10 Responses

  1. It’s infuriating. I think this bastard is going to skate on the murder charge. They may get him on man slaughter. The problem is they don’t have a witness to the confrontation. Evidently in the legal sense, this is a real problem since Zimmerman was licensed to carry the firearm. I think that’s why the judge allowed man slaughter as an option for conviction and sentencing by the jury. That’s a pretty unusual move. Hell, I did not even no the judge had the authority to do that, but I guess in Florida it’s legit. But to my mind, this is a case of murder, whether it can be proven by the letter of the law or not.

    If it was up to me, I’d put the needle in that little rat bastard myself. As you know, I generally don’t support capital punishment, but when people murder kids… and watching those parents suffer through that trial? Yeah. I’d do that fool. And I’d sleep like a baby too.

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    • The state has met all requirements for 2nd degree murder. He was licensed to carry the firearm, but carry a firearm while acting as a watch captain was strictly forbidden. He had no authority to use that firearm while on duty, it is written in every neighborhood watch bylaw throughout America.

      He disobeyed PD and followed on his own and lied repeatedly about key elements of that night.

      GUILTY on all counts if the jury paid attention to facts and evidence, or lack of evidence.

      I hate to see this nation react to an acquittal.

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      • If the jury comes back with a guilty verdict for murder, then justice was done. But from what I have watched, the legal analysis seems pretty gloomy. Of course, that’s CNN, so who knows.

        All I know is the guy is clearly guilty of murder. Anything less than a conviction is an injustice. And anybody who rises against injustice is on the right side of any fight that follows.

        Damn shame though, that so many good and decent people will be stirred up, even place themselves in Harm’s Way just because a racist pussy like Zimmerman was allowed to pack a firearm in the first damn place. No way he confronts that kid if he isn’t packing. He wouldn’t have the balls.

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      • That’s very evident since he shot & killed him because that 17 year old kid was kicking his ass.

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      • And the only reason the kid was kicking his ass was because Zimmerman confronted him in the first place, and for no good reason.

        It’s been a crazy day for me, but I just had my first chance today to watch the prosecutor’s closing argument, and I was impressed that he kept hammering that point home. The kid was minding his own business and ended up dead. That’s the bottom line to me. I hope the jury sees it that way too.

        I know there are all kinds of social and racial implications in all of this, but what really twists my heart are Trayvon’s parents. I just can’t get past that. No parent should have to endure the murder of their child. Let alone a circus trial in their quest for justice. All because of this punk, Zimmerman. It just hits me where I live, man. I keep thinking about Trayvon’s dad. Losing a son… like this… damn.

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      • I keep seeing Zimmerman sitting at the defense table looking like this entire trial is a waste of his time. TV showed him repeatedly and he looked bored, as if he knows he will be acquitted.

        No remorse, no sorrow, no concern.

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      • Yeah. I had the same impression. He’s a smug little bastard. I detected no remorse at all. I cannot fathom that indifference.

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      • God bless America, we need it. IF zimmerman is found guilty, after years of appeals, it’s likely he’ll be free for a long time before seeing a prison cell.

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  2. Actually, immigration, from the 19th century until this very day, is about driving down wages on workers in the U.S.A. That’s the dirty little truth about Ellis Island that nobody ever talks about.

    Yes, we are a nation of immigrants and in many ways we all benefit from immigration. The new blood always helps in the long run. But in the short run, it’s about Richy Rich using culture to defuse effective collective bargaining among workers. With the middle class shrinking, that is something worth keeping in mind.

    As for the current wave of immigrants, “legal” or otherwise… I give them much respect. Unlike contemporary Americans… they have genuine respect for for the value of work. Something American college grads clearly do not comprehend. In that sense, we all benefit from their presence. The values they bring with them are significant, and hopefully infectious.

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