MassTLC ‘Impact of Immigration’ Report Released

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In the latest development in the saga around the President’s ‘Travel Ban’ Executive Order, the Justice Department on June 1st asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the President’s travel ban and rule on its constitutionality.

MassTLC has been participating in the national conversation on the role that immigrants play in our economy and has submitted amicus briefs in the District Court of Hawaii and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th and 9th Circuits. These briefs support the plaintiffs in those cases, who have sought to enjoin the President’s Executive Orders restricting travel to the U.S. from certain countries.

We entered this dialogue on behalf of the tech community in Massachusetts because, as a leading technology state, we feel the acute impact that immigrants have in our economy. As Governor Charlie Baker noted, “Massachusetts is a global community, and we all benefit from the shared experiences of our partners from around the world to support our economy and educational institutions [and] make our state the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”

While it is well understood within the technology community that diversity and the global mobility of talent and ideas into our country are critical drivers of U.S. innovation, economic growth, and global competitiveness, we felt that these truths needed to be presented in a professionally sourced manner.

The Economic Impact of Immigration on the U.S., is a comprehensive 160+ page report (with over 330 citations) that illustrates a rich tapestry of unique impacts across the country. We hope this compilation of research contributes to a productive dialogue about the important role immigrants play as critical drivers of our national leadership in innovation, economic growth, and global competitiveness.

We’ve made the report FREE for download and encourage readers to lend their voices to the conversation and use this research to complement personal insights and experiences about the role of immigrants. We welcome broad sharing of this report and have made it freely available.

Read the related press release here.

Listen to Bloomberg Baystate Business Hour interview here.