The economy surely sucks. But don’t go blaming it on immigrants.
A new report released by the Fiscal Policy Institute concludes that immigrants in the United States, regardless of immigration status, contribute to the economy in proportion to their population.
Fiscal studies often miss the overall economic contributions of immigrants. But even then, at a time when immigrants are being scapegoated for economic problems, these studies are critically important for those people who cannot understand economics beyond gross and net domestic product numbers.
While focusing on just fiscal issues such as taxes and budgets in 25 metro cities, the research found that immigrants, regardless of legal status, make up 20 percent of the population and are responsible for 20 percent of economic output in 25 cities combined.