According to a recent blog posting, where the bloggers put together myths and facts on immigration, the facts they quoted (and to which there are government links) resonated for me; I have been working and talking with high level high-tech executive immigrants or foreign-born professionals who bring incredible benefits to the US; however, we shouldn’t forget the immigrants who are taken for granted, especially here in California, because without them, many of our industries would not work as effortlessly or “cheaply” as they do now.
Let’s review our understanding of immigrants’ positions and what are facts versus myths that we often buy into.
1. The net benefit of immigration to the U.S. is nearly $10 billion annually.
As Alan Greenspan has pointed out, 70% of immigrants arrive in prime working age. That means we haven’t spent a penny on their education, yet they are transplanted into our workforce and will contribute $500 billion toward our social security system over the next 20 years.
(Source: Andrew Sum, Mykhaylo Trubskyy, Ishwar Khatiwada, et al., Immigrant Workers in the New England Labor Market: Implications for Workforce Development Policy, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, Prepared for the New England Regional Office, the Employment and Training Administration, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Boston, Massachusetts, October 2002.
2. MYTH: IMMIGRANTS TAKE JOBS AWAY FROM AMERICANS…
FACT: This, the largest wave of immigration to the U.S. since the early 1900s coincided with our lowest national unemployment rate and fastest economic growth.
· In Arizona, unemployment is currently 3.7 percent; a figure that is considered full employment. In the back-bra
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