Immigrant Workers Benefit Entire Communities
December 20, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Valuing the contributions of immigrants to help generate a robust economy for all Americans stands in stark contrast to calls for limiting legal immigration.
In New England, whose states have some of the lowest birth rates in the nation, local business leaders in New Hampshire and Maine are highlighting how immigrants can help address workforce shortages due to an aging population.
“Will we have the workforce necessary to power our businesses throughout [New Hampshire]?” asks Jim Roche, president of the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association.
Workforce numbers and needs reveal “a very strong case to be made to attract the immigrant worker,” said Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce.
Moreover, in New England and across the country, immigrants help fill the growing need for health care workers.
On the flip side, mass deportation as part of an enforcement-centered immigration approach would hinder the blazing economic growth President-elect Donald Trump has promised. “People who are in this country, are working, and productive Americans who are contributing, I personally would not like to see those people deported,” conservative Trump economic advisor Stephen Moore said today.
A recent paper from the Forum, “Skills and Training for New Americans: Creating a Thriving Economy That Works For All of Us,” notes that by 2020 the United States is expected to face a deficit of 7.5 million private-sector workers — and that immigrants and the children of immigrants will make up all of the country’s labor force growth in the next 40 years.
“American workers and employers thrive when immigrant workers have the skills and opportunity to contribute fully,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “Immigrants are necessary to ensuring a robust economy that benefits all Americans.”