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After months of debate, today the Senate approved a bill that would make sweeping, comprehensive changes to U.S. immigration laws.
To read all the details of the Senate vote and learn about the next step for immigration reform in the legislative process, refer to these articles from the The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
The 4% Growth Project believes better immigration laws generally are one of the most promising ways to achieve faster economic growth. To learn more about the importance of immigrants to America's economy, please check our two books on the topic: "Growth and Immigration," and "The Invisible Hands." In addition, "The 4% Solution" features two wonderful chapters on the relationship between immigration and economic growth.
Furthermore, on July 10, 2013, the 4% Growth Project will host "What Immigrants Contribute" at the Bush Center in Dallas, Texas. This special event will feature a naturalization ceremony and three panel discussions featuring immigration experts who will highlight the many ways immigrants contribute to the American economy and way of life. A live stream of the entire event will be available at www.bushcenter.org. We hope you will join us.
Matthew Denhart is an expert on immigration policy and is the author of the Bush Institute’s America's Advantage: A Handbook of Vital Immigration and Economic Growth Statistics, now in its third edition. He currently serves as executive director of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and is a founder of the Coolidge Scholars Program which provides full-ride merit scholarships to America's most promising college students. A summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University, Denhart has written and spoken widely on a variety of policy topics including the economics of higher education, labor, and taxes. He has contributed articles to numerous national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, CNN Opinion, and Bloomberg View.Full Bio
TARIFFIED: Trade Talk with Matthew Rooney
This week, trade relations between the U.S. and India are continuing to escalate. Earlier this month, the U.S. stopped granting India special trade privileges by taking away the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, and India has responded by enforcing more tariffs of its own. The George W. Bush-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Director Matthew Rooney breaks down the trade conflict: For more information on trade groups and the global economy, visit www.bushcenter.org/scorecard.
How Trade Spreads Holiday Cheer
It is projected that the average American household will spend more than $1,000 during the holidays this year.
El Paso del Norte, A Cross-Border Community
Reporting on their recent trip to El Paso, Matthew Rooney, managing director of the Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative, and William McKenzie, editorial director of the Bush Institute, explain why El Paso del Norte points to both the challenges and potential benefits of the close relationship between the United States and Mexico.