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Most Main Street Growth Due To Immigrant-Owned Businesses

January 14, 2015. A report on our Immigrant Main Street business owners report from NBC Latino: There's a very good chance that the new deli, dry cleaner or nail salon that opened in your neighborhood shopping district is owned by an immigrant. Between 2000 and 2013, immigrants accounted for all net Main Street business growth nationally and in 31 of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country, according to a new study released Wednesday by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and the Fiscal [...]

2015-04-06T08:34:07-04:00January 15th, 2015|FPI in the News|

3 Cities Where Immigrants Helped Save Main Street

January 14, 2015. A great story by Ted Hesson for Fusion, with nice added detail in all three metro areas. South Philadelphia’s Italian Market has long been the go-to spot for pasta and cannoli. But in the past two decades, a new set of business owners have moved into the neighborhood, bringing Mexican, Vietnamese and Korean food with them. The transformation follows a national trend: new immigrants are increasingly becoming the face of community businesses across the country and, in some cases, a lifeline for [...]

2015-01-15T22:55:40-05:00January 14th, 2015|FPI in the News|

Report: Immigrant Biz Powered NYC’s Comeback

January 14, 2015. Crains New York Business picked up on the population trend shown in FPI's new report on immigrant Main Street businesses. In New York City, immigrants make up, arithmetically, all of the population growth since the city's decennial lowpoint in 1980.* Check out our interactive graphic here. (Thanks to Colin Gordon for putting it on the web.) From the story: New York City's revitalization since the 1970s has been spurred by an oft-overlooked force: Main Street immigrant business owners, whose ranks have risen rapidly [...]

2015-01-15T22:48:00-05:00January 14th, 2015|FPI in the News|

Many Ways to Help Immigrant Businesses, Report Says

January 14, 2015. The Philadelphia Inquirer picked up on FPI's report about immigrant Main Street business owners, which includes national data as well as case studies in Philadelphia, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Nashville. Immigrants who want to open a corner store, pay for a wedding, or buy a house often turn to a "lending circle." Called tandas in Latin America, susu in West Africa, and hui in China, they offer pooled-risk loans from informal groups with family honor as collateral. Repayments don't necessarily build creditworthiness, however, because transactions are [...]

2015-04-06T10:03:53-04:00January 14th, 2015|FPI in the News|

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Boost ‘Main Streets’ in Nashville

January 14, 2015. A front page story in The Tennessean talks about FPI's study on immigrants' role in Main Street businesses. The report has data about immigrant entrepreneurship around the country, and includes case studies from three metro areas: Philadelphia, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Nashville. Here's the lede: When Nashville voters rejected a 2009 referendum that would have banned government officials from using non-English languages in their work, they sent a message that the city welcomed its immigrant community. Years later, their vote also would prove [...]

2015-01-15T18:28:35-05:00January 14th, 2015|FPI in the News|

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Prosper on Main Street

January 13, 2015. The Wall Street Journal features FPI's new report on Immigrant Main Street business owners: In the U.S. from 2000 to 2013, including in 31 of the 50 largest metro areas, immigrants accounted for all the growth in so-called Main Street businesses, according to a new study based on analysis of census data. Such firms are grouped in three categories: lodging and food, retail and neighborhood services such as dry cleaning and beauty salons. Immigrants made up nearly one out of three owners [...]

2015-01-15T18:07:56-05:00January 13th, 2015|FPI in the News|

Immigrant “Main Street” Business Owners Playing an Outsized Role

January 14, 2015. Immigrants are a little more likely to own businesses than their U.S.-born counterparts, but they are a lot more likely to own Main Street businesses such as grocery stores, restaurants, and barber shops, finds a new study released today by the Fiscal Policy Institute and Americas Society/Council of the Americas. Immigrants make up 16 percent of the labor force and 18 percent of business owners, but 28 percent of Main Street businesses (defined as retail, food services and accommodation, and [...]

An Aging U.S. is Revitalized by Immigrants

January 6, 2015. FPI's Immigration Research Initiative David Dyssegaard Kallick was asked to contribute to the New York Times feature, Room for Debate. In the entry, he countered a report that was the focus of the discussion, arguing: To say all of the net gain in employment since 2007 has gone to immigrants, as a recent backgrounder from the Center for Immigration Studies does, is a strained interpretation of the facts, not to mention an odd way to spin positive economic results as something vaguely [...]

2015-01-07T22:43:52-05:00January 6th, 2015|FPI in the News|

Immigration as Political Theater

December 24, 2014. In a column that ran in the Chicago Tribune and more than a dozen other papers, Benjamin Powell, senior fellow of the Independent Institute and director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, argues that President Obama's executive action on immigration will have only small, and generally positive, effects on the economic and fiscal climate. Allowing illegal immigrants to work openly and legally allows them to use their skills in the jobs and industries where they can contribute the most [...]

2015-01-07T22:37:00-05:00December 24th, 2014|FPI in the News|

NY Economy Could Benefit from Obama’s New Immigration Order

December 14, 2014. Dan Janison, in a Newsday column, cites FPI's estimate that the president's executive order would be good for the New York economy. The Fiscal Policy Institute estimates that out of a total 873,000 people who are undocumented in New York, 258,000 are "potentially eligible" for deferred action under Obama's new executive order, unveiled last month. ....For his part, David Dyssegard Kallick of the Fiscal Policy Institute said of immigrants affected: "If they can act more freely in the economy, it is going [...]

2014-12-14T20:54:10-05:00December 14th, 2014|FPI in the News|

Immigrant Numbers Have Leveled Off

December 1, 2014. In a finding with important implications for President Obama's executive order on immigration, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a Pew Center study showing that the level of unauthorized immigration has been flat since 2009. David Dyssegaard Kallick, director of immigration research for the Fiscal Policy Institute, a New York nonprofit that examines the role of immigrants in New York state and beyond, said: "It adds up to what I think is now established as a pretty clear trend, if you can call [...]

2014-12-01T09:17:39-05:00December 1st, 2014|FPI in the News|

Thanksgiving – An American Holiday that Holds Special Significance for Every Proud Immigrant

November 24, 2014. An opinion piece in Sys-Con Media explains why immigrants give special thanks around Thanksgiving: With our personal calendars filled with holidays that range from religious observances to children's birthdays there is only one day of the year that we can all sit down together as one large, diverse family of Americans and celebrate who we are, where we came from and why this remains an extraordinary country of opportunity. Welcome Thanksgiving. ...This author came to the United States from Iran in 1969. I had no grand plan. [...]

2014-11-24T16:28:12-05:00November 24th, 2014|FPI in the News|

Experts Face Off on Economic Impact of President’s Immigration Plan

November 21, 2014. Fox Business News reports on the economic impacts of the president's immigration action, quoting the Fiscal Policy Institute: On economic impact: At the liberal-leaning Economic Policy Institute , Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research Daniel Costa argued that the plan would actually be good for low-wage U.S. workers and small businesses. “Businesses should like it. Those who are paying minimum wage won’t have to compete with those paying less than minimum wage, or who are not paying overtime to unauthorized workers,” [...]

2014-11-21T15:25:29-05:00November 21st, 2014|FPI in the News|

Experts: Obama’s Action Should Increase Tax Collections

November 21, 2014. The Arizona Republic ran a story about President Obama's administrative action on immigration that cites the Fiscal Policy Institute's work, as well as our partners at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy:   Undocumented immigrants who qualify for President Barack Obama's executive action, announced Thursday, will pay far more in new taxes than they will gain in credits, providing a significant boost to state and federal coffers, tax researchers predicted Friday. Legalizing millions of workers also will tend to push up [...]

2014-11-24T13:36:45-05:00November 21st, 2014|FPI in the News|

Undocumented Workers, Meet the IRS

November 20, 2014. In Politico, a story about the economic and fiscal impacts of President Obama's executive action on immigration: Obama’s new immigration order, which will shield about 5 million undocumented workers from deportation, will have tax implications that are sure to irk Republicans who are already calling foul on his bid to bypass Congress to ease immigration laws. That’s because most of that group of 5 million will be adults with U.S.-born children, meaning they’ll theoretically be able to claim up to $1,000 per [...]

2014-11-24T13:56:40-05:00November 20th, 2014|FPI in the News|
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