The George W. Bush Institute published a book today that endorses immigration reform.
The book, “Growth and Immigration: A Handbook of Vital Immigration and Economic growth Statistics,” co-sponsored by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, proves that legalizing the 11 million undocumented immigrants will have a very positive impact.
Inside the book there are a series of immigrant statistics that could help convince the immigration reform opposition.
Matthew Denhard, research fellow and author of the book, said the most basic of facts is that the native-born American workforce is becoming older and every one of those jobs will have to get filled. Seventy percent of immigrants are between the ages of 25 and 64, which is the ideal age for a work force.
Speaking to ABC News, Denhard said, “When we talk about small businesses — 18 percent of all small business owners in the U.S. are immigrants … Whereas only about 13 percent of all people in the U.S. are immigrants … immigrants fill gaps in our labor force. And we [are] talking about high skilled and low skilled immigrants.”
Denhard said it’s obvious that immigrants arrive in the U.S. to work.
The research shows that immigrant-owned businesses generate an estimated $775 billion in annual revenue and that one in 10 American workers are employed by an immigrant-owned business. Between 1995 and 2005, immigrants founded more than half of all engineering and tech firms in Silicon Valley.
The book also highlights that immigrants are more likely than native born Americans to be married.
“When people have strong family values, it’s good for the economy as well,” Denhard said.
The amendment for tougher border security measures in the immigration reform bill received a 67 to 27 vote yesterday and will continue to be debated. If it reaches 70 votes, it will be adopted. The Senate is likely to give the amendment final approval by the end of this week.
The path to U.S. citizenship for undocumented immigrants could be dependent on how secure the border is.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants