Successful Immigrant Integration Boosts Prospects for All Workers

Communications Associate

December 21, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite calls to limit legal pathways for immigrating to the country, new Americans create jobs and improve prospects for all U.S. workers.

If President-elect Donald Trump wants to create jobs in America, he must expand America’s supply of skilled immigrants, argues Matthew Slaughter, dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, in a Monday U.S. News and World Report op-ed.

“Skilled immigrants create new jobs and rising wages for native-born Americans through the companies they create, in the companies that hire them, and more broadly throughout America,” Slaughter writes. “Innovation is indeed the lifeblood of American wealth and jobs. America is today suffering through a dramatic slowdown in productivity growth that has restrained growth in incomes and thereby clouded its economic future.”

Our country’s prosperity expands when new Americans have access to the opportunities, skills and status that allow them to contribute to their greatest potential, according to a recent Forum policy paper, “Getting Opportunities in the Hands of New Americans Striving for the American Dream.”

The paper details how public-private partnerships that unleash this capital will benefit our nation as a whole for generations. A national strategy on immigrant integration involving government agencies and community programs will allow America to thrive by ensuring that immigrants understand and use the opportunities available to them.

One way immigrants are welcoming opportunities and contributing to economic growth is by participating in the sharing economy through platforms such as Airbnb. As the sharing economy grows, new Americans can have more opportunities for entrepreneurship that keeps our country competitive.

“Our communities and American workers thrive when immigrants have opportunities to contribute to their fullest potential,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “It serves the interests of all of us to tap that potential.”