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Immigration

Immigrants play an important role in the economy. They account for 13% of the total U.S. population but nearly half of the labor force growth in the last decade.

Pro-growth immigration reform can raise the pace of economic growth, increase per capita GDP, and reduce the budget deficit.

U.S. immigration laws do not meet the needs of our vibrant, growing, 21st century economy. We admit immigrants based on standards set in the mid-1960s, and no major immigration legislation has passed since the 1986 Reagan amnesty.

Immigration Working Group

We convene national experts on immigration policy to develop achievable, pro-growth immigration policies. Our recommendations include:

  • Increase immigration to grow the labor force and find a reasonable solution for the undocumented
  • More legal opportunities create a more secure border
  • Move towards increased skills-based immigration to address the coming workforce skills gap
  • Improve the temporary work visa system

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13.5%

Immigrants make up 13.5% of the U.S. population, which is in line with historical norms.

Fact-Based Immigration Policy

Now in its third edition, America's Advantage: A Handbook on Immigration and Economic Growth refocuses the debate on facts. See myths on immigration, read stories from immigrants, and explore in-depth facts on immigration.

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72.5%

72.5% of immigrants believe hard work is how you succeed in America and are responsible for half of the total U.S. labor force growth over the last decade.

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40%+

7.6% of immigrants were self-employed compared to 5.6% of native-born Americans and they founded more than 40% of Fortune 500 companies