Ten Economic Facts about Immigration
This policy memo explores some of the questions frequently raised around immigration in the United States and provides facts drawn from publicly available data sets and the academic literature. Most Americans agree that the current U.S. immigration system is flawed. Less clear, however, are the economic facts about immigration — the real effects that new immigrants have on wages, jobs, budgets, and the U.S. economy — facts that are essential to a constructive national debate. This memo paints a more nuanced portrait of American immigration than is portrayed in today’s debate. In particular, the following facts indicate that the U.S. immigrant population is far from a monolith; on the contrary, it includes several groups, each of which affects the U.S. economy in a different way.
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