As with native-born Americans, immigrants’ net contribution to society and the economy will have less to do with where they come from and more to do with their individual characteristics.
Investing in the education of the children of immigrants will pay off in the long run as these workers play a prominent—and needed—role in our labor force.
In the two nations with the highest numbers of foreign-born persons within their borders, how do you balance welcoming policy with public response?
In Silicon Valley, 73 percent of low-income children are not enrolled in preschool at age 3, compared with 48 percent of those who are not low-income.
Silicon Valley is known for its innovation and wealth, but it’s also home to 50,000 low-income children who could benefit from high-quality early education.
In a study of 21 cities, citizenship for eligible immigrants could generate earnings and employment gains totaling $5.7 billion.
Even if undocumented immigrants become authorized to work, that still may not be enough to increase competition with natives for low-skilled jobs.