In the run-up to his State of the Union address, President Trump issued a statement honoring the late Rep. Barbara Jordan of Texas, who chaired the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. In that statement, and in his address, he implied that the Administration’s call to drastically reduce immigration to the U.S., particularly the family-based immigration that has been the cornerstone of our immigration policy for generations, aligns with that Commission’s recommendations. Here’s an informative, and informed, rebuttal by the Executive Director of that Commission.
New American Economy studied the economic impact of refugees and released its findings in this June 2017 report. Additionally, a June 2017 working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research estimates that during their first 20 years here, refugees pay $21,000 more in taxes than they receive in services designed to help them start their lives over in the U.S.
1470 U.S. economists, including six Nobel laureates, and coming from academia, government, across the country, and across the political spectrum published a letter on April 12, 2017 to the Administration and Congress. The letter underscores the overall and economic benefits of immigration to our country, and calls for action to update our immigration laws to meet the demands of a 21st century economy.
New American Economy has collected and published data about immigrant demographics and economic contributions to Maine. You can see summary data, and download their full report published in August 2016.
The Maine Development Foundation and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce examine Maine’s growing labor shortage, and find that immigrants are an essential component to offsetting Maine’s aging workforce. You can find the report here.
Coastal Enterprises, Inc. looks at Maine’s demographic challenges that will cause continued shrinkage of Maine’s labor pool and will damage Maine’s economy if left unchecked. In Building Maine’s Economy: How Maine Can Embrace Immigrants and Strengthen the Workforce, CEI addresses challenges and benefits to attracting and integrating immigrants into Maine’s workforce. Read the report here.