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FPI’s Immigration Research Initiative examines the role of immigrants in the New York State economy and beyond.

NY’s Excluded Worker Fund is a Model for Other States – CBPP and EPI

Two national groups put a spotlight on FPI's work with the Fund Excluded Worker Coalition that resulted in $2.1 billion toward allowing undocumented immigrants to get something like what others in New York got in unemployment benefits and stimulus payments. This was a historic victory that the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute are encouraging other states to follow! CBPP: Whitney Tucker, Deputy Director of Research at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, pointed to the fund as a prime [...]

2021-06-03T11:07:41-04:00May 24th, 2021|Blog, Immigration, New York State, Other States & National|

FPI Testifies to Congress on Immigrant Businesses and Economic Recovery

The director of FPI's Immigration Research Initiative, David Dyssegaard Kallick, was invited to testify before the Congressional Small Business Committee about the role of immigrant businesses in the economic recovery after Covid. Kallick talked about two recovery scenarios: A Main Street-centered rebuilding that picks up on some innovations from the Covid period such as outdoor restaurants, expanded pedestrian areas, and bike paths that have transformed many downtowns and urban centers in very positive ways. This scenario would entail Main Streets as vibrant places where people [...]

2021-04-30T11:30:24-04:00April 30th, 2021|Blog, Immigration, Other States & National, Testimony|

Biden Urged to Legalize Migrants as Part of Infrastructure Plan

FPI joined with more than 60 economists to urge President Biden to create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the soon-to-be-released economic and infrastructure plan. Such an action not only benefits those individuals, but the experts also explain that this action would help our economy by raising wages and increasing productivity and tax revenue. The economists, including President Barack Obama’s former top economist Jason Furman and David Kallick of the Fiscal Policy Institute, which champions liberal economic policies, made the proposal in a [...]

After the Applause: Legal Status for Essential Workers

In the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic last spring, Americans embraced a new concept: Essential Workers. In many areas, we applauded for them every night at 7pm: they kept us going through this difficult period, and we knew they were taking a risk to their own health in doing it. We also knew that many of those workers are undocumented. In recognition of the service they provided to this country during a time of crisis, congress and the president should act today to give those [...]

2021-02-12T16:14:55-05:00February 12th, 2021|Blog, Immigration, Other States & National|

Military Coup in Myanmar Reverberates in California, Indiana, New York, and Texas

Over the past week, the military in Myanmar, the country also known as Burma, overthrew the democratically elected government and arrested the top civilian leaders. The United States state department condemned the action, saying “the military must reverse these actions immediately.” These actions are being watched closely, and in horror, by Burmese communities in the United States. To help understand what this means in Burmese communities in the United States, the Fiscal Policy Institute presents here data showing that of the 151,000 people born in [...]

2021-02-05T14:24:49-05:00February 5th, 2021|Blog, Immigration, New York State, Other States & National|

Concrete Gains for New Yorkers from Federal Immigration Proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2021 Media Contact: communications@fiscalpolicy.org, 518-786-3156 Concrete Gains for New Yorkers from Federal Immigration Proposal Removing Barriers for Immigrants Boosts Earnings and Tax Revenue Read the report:  A Pathway to Citizenship: Doing Well by Doing Good (Albany, NY) A new report by the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) in conjunction with the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows the ways New York State would benefit if undocumented immigrants could gain work authorization and apply for citizenship, as is being proposed [...]

Recognizing the 10th Anniversary of the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights

The Fiscal Policy Institute was honored to be part of the New York State chapter of the National Domestic Workers Alliance celebration of the 10th  anniversary of the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights on Saturday, December 12th. The NDWA is a strong voice for domestic workers across the nation. Domestic workers provide essential work within our homes, from child-care and caregiving to keeping our homes clean and functioning. The majority of domestic workers are women, mostly immigrants, and women of color. FPI will be releasing [...]

Holiday Season Underscores the New Yorkers’ Need for Support as Pandemic Deepens Inequity

Read the report:  The Pandemic Recession: Hitting Immigrants and People of Color Hardest  (Albany, NY) — The holiday season is beginning in our state as never before with a second COVID wave bearing down on the health and financial stability of New Yorkers. While the COVID-19 is a threat to us all, immigrants and people of color are by far hit the hardest. And undocumented immigrants may be hit harder still since they are concentrated in several of the industries that have seen the biggest employment decline.  “New Yorkers across the board are struggling to stay healthy, educate our children, and deal with financial insecurity of [...]

Pay Your Way into the USA: DHS’s proposed fee increases create an immigration “wealth test”

Would you pass the federal administration’s wealth test? Here’s what you need to know and how you can help. The federal administration is trying to make it harder for people who are not affluent to enter the United States or obtain citizenship by instituting a “wealth test” to limit immigration.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to eliminate fee waivers for citizenship, lawful permanent residency, employment authorization, and many other applications to make it harder for immigrants who may work low-wage jobs to obtain [...]

2020-10-27T12:59:47-04:00December 16th, 2019|Blog, Immigration, Other States & National|

There Are About 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S., Not Twice As Many

On July 11, 2019, the Trump Administration released an executive order that requires the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, the Social Security Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services to collect citizenship data using administrative records for the federal administration to determine the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States. This executive order was in response to the federal administration’s failed attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census that was blocked by the Supreme Court. In [...]

2021-01-06T10:33:51-05:00August 9th, 2019|Blog, Immigration, Other States & National|

What if Trump’s war on immigrants is not just cruel and lawless but is a dead end for the economy?

April 14, 2019. This article highlights the link between immigration and economic growth -  "America’s secret sauce that has the potential to foster broad-based prosperity has always been immigration." Quotes David Dysseygaard Kallick, senior fellow with the Fiscal Policy Institute, who wrote about the centrality of immigrants to New York City’s success in his book “One Out of Three: Immigrant New York In The 21st Century”  “The increase in the number and proportion of immigrants in the city has fueled economic growth, filled in neighborhoods that had become underpopulated later [...]

2021-01-06T10:25:06-05:00April 14th, 2019|FPI in the News, Other States & National|

Living in Legal Limbo

April 8, 2019. This article personalizes how losing TPS (temporary protected status) will personally impact a NYC family as well as the wider implications for our economy. The U.S economy could also be negatively impacted by the end of TPS and the resulting departure of hundreds of thousands of immigrants, says the Fiscal Policy Institute, a nonprofit organization that studies public policies. New York is home to more than 16,200 TPS holders from El Salvador. They contribute an annual Gross Domestic Product of $958,3 million, according [...]

2021-01-06T10:21:12-05:00April 8th, 2019|FPI in the News, Other States & National|

New Study Documents Immigrants’ Homeownership in Detroit

April 5, 2019. This article discusses the release of a study by Global Detroit that demonstrates potential for immigrants to help stabilize Detroit neighborhoods through homeownership. The article goes on to highlight that Global Detroit is advocating for investments that would provide immigrants with resources such as financial literacy training to help reduce the barriers of immigrants becoming homeowners, which include less knowledge about credit scores and lower usage of bank accounts. The author goes on to note that the study uses data released by FPI [...]

2021-01-06T10:20:20-05:00April 5th, 2019|FPI in the News, Other States & National|

Fact check: How Much Does Illegal Immigration Cost America? Not Nearly As Much As Trump Claims.

January 10, 2019. This article discusses the controversy surrounding estimates of the cost of illegal immigration to the United States. The author points out that President Trump has used several different cost estimates including $200 billion, $250 billion and $275 billion in order to gain support for funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The article goes on to discuss how an accurate estimate of the cost of illegal immigration is hard to determine. The author cites many tax and immigration experts who highlight that undocumented [...]

2021-01-06T09:38:39-05:00January 10th, 2019|FPI in the News, Other States & National|

Each Illegal Immigrant Costs US $82G, Conservative Think Tank Claims

January 10, 2019. This article and news clip covers the controversial estimate, from the Center for Immigration Studies, that claims an undocumented immigrant costs the United States $82,000 over their lifetime. The article goes on to highlight that numerous times the President has used a different and often larger number when talking about the cost of illegal immigration. The estimate has come into question by other immigration experts including Meg Wiehe from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and FPI's Deputy Director, David Dyssegaard [...]

2021-01-06T09:38:46-05:00January 10th, 2019|FPI in the News, Other States & National|
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