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Exploding myths about the impact of immigration on jobs, economy, government spending

Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 9:00 am

February 1, 2013.  In 2010, Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project published a fact-based report exploring frequently asked questions about immigration. The Project’s “Ten Economic Facts About Immigration” deserves to be revisited as the debate over comprehensive immigration reform heats up. immigration attorney lawyer chicago comprehensive reform brookings hamilton economy business patent jobs government citizen

"Ten Economic Facts” explodes a number of myths that have led many U.S. citizens to see immigration as a threat to their economic well-being.

Among its findings are the following:

  • On average, immigrants improve the living standard of Americans in a number of important ways.
  • Immigrants are not a net drain on the federal government budget.
  • Immigrants do not disproportionately burden U.S. correctional facilities.
  • Immigrants start new businesses and file patents at higher rates than U.S.-born citizens.

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