Immigration

FPI’s Immigration Research Initiative examines the role of immigrants in the New York State economy and beyond. The initiative is guided by an expert advisory panel and is directed by David Dyssegaard Kallick, FPI Senior Fellow.

Immigrants and Local Economic Growth: Realizing New York’s Full Potential

May 22, 2014. How can lifting barriers to economic advancement to immigrants also provide a boost to the New York State economy?

In November, 2013, the Fiscal Policy Institute convened a multi-day retreat to discuss this question. Advocates, organizers, service providers, researchers, and people working in policy development joined FPI at the Blue Mountain Center in the Adirondacks for a series of highly engaging conversations. It was a rare and warmly welcomed instance of people coming together to discuss these… (read more)

Arizona Law on Immigration Spooks Business Leaders-FPI in Huffington Post

April 16, 2014. FPI’s David Dyssegaard Kallick wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post, reporting on how Arizona business leaders see the economic impacts of the state’s “Show Me Your Papers” law. It may be hard to statistically measure the economic impact of the bill, widely perceived as anti-immigrant, argues Kallick. But a good gauge of the damage done is how serious the state’s business leaders have been about efforts to turn the… (read more)

Insulting a Poem, and our Heritage (A Daily News Op-Ed)

July 14, 2013. In an op-ed for the Daily News, by David Dyssegaard Kallick takes on the ways Emma Lazarus’s famous poem (“give me your tired, your poor…”) has distorted in recent media stories about immigration, and brings the debate back to America’s roots.

“Give me your tired, your poor . . . If there’s room after more Ph.D.s,” is the headline from a recent article in TechCrunch, which goes on… (read more)

New Report Models Immigration Reform’s Effect on State and Local Taxes

July 10, 2013. This morning, the Institute on Economic and Tax Policy (ITEP) released a report that estimates that unauthorized immigrants currently pay $744 million in state and local taxes in New York State, a number that would increase to $968 million if these same immigrants were granted legal status. The share of family income paid in state and local taxes would increase from 7.1 percent to 8.4 percent.

In this new report, ITEP takes an analysis it first… (read more)

For True Immigration Reform, Hire Labor Inspectors, Not Border Guards (A Newsday Op-Ed)

June 27, 2013. A Newsday op-ed by David Dyssegaard Kallick stresses the need for labor standards enforcement as part of comprehensive immigration reform.

Paying people off the books is, of course, illegal. But does it happen? We know it does.

The good news is that there’s no great mystery about how to stop it. Labor departments — at the state and federal level — are responsible for enforcing workplace standards. They are the ones who can ensure that employers… (read more)

Immigration Reform Would Improve Economic Productivity

June 4, 2013. A new report from the Fiscal Policy Institute shows that legalizing undocumented immigrants, paired with labor standards enforcement, would boost economic productivity. Reform would remove barriers to advancement for newly legalized immigrants, create a level playing field for businesses, and align our systems of taxation, social services, and social insurance so that they would function as they are supposed to.

“Immigration reform, done right, would be good for immigrants, but it… (read more)

Data for Pre-Citizen Voting Debate in City Council

May 9, 2013. Should legal immigrants who are not yet citizens be permitted to vote in New York City elections?

The NYC City Council will debate this question beginning on Thursday, May 9, in connection with Intro 410, which would allow pre-citizens to vote in New York City municipal elections.

It wouldn’t be the first time noncitizens could vote in New York elections. School board elections, before they were abolished, were open to all parents of children in New York… (read more)

NYS DREAM Legislation: A Strong Return on Investment

February 27, 2013. A proposal is gaining ground in New York State that would allow all students—including those who are undocumented immigrants—equal access to the state’s Tuition Assistance… (read more)

Op-ed: States lead the way on immigration reform

February 24, 2013. This op-ed piece by David Dyssegaard Kallick of FPI and Tanya Broder of the National Immigration Law Council ran in the Kansas City Star, the Denver Post, the Bradenton (Florida) Herald, the Anchorage Daily News, and other local papers around the country.

FPI’s immigration research cited: The White House Blog

July 12, 2012. Blogging from the White House, Jason Furman and Danielle Gray of the National Economic Council mention FPI’s June 2012 report on immigrant small business owners in their post Ten Ways Immigrants Help Build and Strengthen Our Economy.

America is a nation of immigrants. Our American journey and our success would simply not be possible without the generations of immigrants who have come to our shores from every corner of the globe. It is… (read more)