Immigrants create about 25 percent of new businesses in the nation (those five years old or less), while the immigrant share exceeds 40 percent of new firms in California, New York, New Jersey, and Florida.
Immigrants are often used as scapegoats for those feeling the economic pinch of joblessness. However, for the last 15 years, immigrants have not been a source of significant job competition for the native-born in the United States. In fact, immigrants have not contributed to job loss in the United States since 1999.
The anti-immigrant organization Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has released a report which attempts to make the case that undocumented immigrants in the United States impose a massive fiscal burden on native-born Americans. This is a baseless argument that FAIR makes repeatedly, and it rests upon a number of flawed assumptions about the impact ...
Rather than acknowledge the enormous economic contributions that immigrants make (and have always made), the restrictionists persist in their decades-long quest to scare the native-born population.
The biggest shortcoming of both reports is that they count the public benefits utilized by U.S.-born children as costs incurred by the "immigrant-headed households" of which they are a part, at least until those children turn 18, that is, at which point they are counted as natives. The problem with this kind of creative accounting is that all children are 'costly' when they are young because they consume educational and health services without contributing any tax revenue. However, that situation reverses when they are working-age adults who, in a sense, 'pay back' in taxes what they consumed as children. So it is disingenuous to count them as a 'cost of immigration' one minute, and then as native-born taxpayers the next minute.