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Growth and Immigration

Article by Robert Asahina February 1, 2013 //   2 minute read

After the November elections, immigration reform is once again at the forefront of the national agenda. At the same time, Americans today would like to see stronger economic growth. But they are at a loss as to where that growth might come from. One answer is unexpected: immigrants. Indeed, the hidden advantage of immigrants is that they contribute mightily to the U.S. economy. In "Growth and Immigration: A Handbook of Vital Immigration and Economic Growth Statistics," Matthew Denhart, the research and administrative assistant to the 4% Growth Project at the George W. Bush Institute, provides an overview of the current immigrant presence in America. He illuminates many of the benefits immigrants provide to our nation, addresses some common arguments against immigration, and shows how increasing the share of immigrants in the U.S. would benefit citizens and lead to faster economic growth. The last major overhaul of U.S. immigration policy was more than 45 years ago. In this moment of opportunity, "Growth and Immigration" provides the vital facts and figures required for reasoned political discourse and genuine bipartisan solutions. A downloadable PDF of the book can be found here.