The Briefing: The Good News Trump Won’t Tell You About Immigrants

June 4, 2018. In this article by

Meantime, America’s mainstream immigrants, who outnumber MS-13 gang members by about 4,369 to 1, toil away in anonymity in hotels in Buffalo, in meat-packing plants in Kansas, in sleek offices in Silicon Valley and everywhere in between.

So what are America’s 32.4 million legal immigrants up to?

The research shows that many are working hard and boosting the economy.

But its study echoes what I learned through talking to Buffalo-area employers while reporting the 2016 series “From Burma to Buffalo,” which told the story of the 8,000 or so refugees who make up the city’s largest contingent of newcomers in generations. About a half-dozen local employers who had hired refugees said they proved to be exceptional employees – who, unlike a lot of native-born Americans, passed the drug tests required before they could go on the payroll in the first place.

Researchers for the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Tent Foundation surveyed 26 employers in four different regions: upstate New York, metro Atlanta, eastern and central Nebraska and metro Phoenix. Researchers found that 19 of those employers said their immigrant employees tended to stay on the job longer than native-born Americans do.

“Those employers we interviewed overwhelmingly saw lower turnover rates, and as a natural corollary, saw an expanded recruitment pool,” once they started hiring refugees, said David Dyssegaard Kallick, director of the Fiscal Policy Institute’s Immigration Research Initiative.

Here is the link to The Buffalo News.

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