Friday, February 8, 2013
The Center for American Progress released “Immigrants Are Makers, Not Takers” to outline how immigrants contribute more to the U.S. economy than they cost in public benefits. Immigration opponents continue to incorrectly insist that immigrants are a drag on the economy, a stereotype that is contradicted by the evidence. This column and the accompanying charts make the case for how immigrants help create economic gains in GDP, tax revenue, and the Social Security Trust Fund, and are a net positive to the economy overall. They also explain how two oft-cited reports from the Heritage Foundation and the Center for Immigration Studies, or CIS, incorrectly claim that immigrants are an economic drag. The column walks through how Heritage and the Center for Immigration Studies get the analysis wrong, and explains how immigrants help boost the economy.