Do Illegal Immigrants Help or Hinder US Economic Growth?

  • Published on:  7/10/2009
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    Tamar Jacoby of ImmigrationWorks USA says immigrant workers do not compete with Americans for jobs, but rather complement the U.S. workforce while also helping to grow the economy. "They make us all more productive because of the way they complement us," says Jacoby.


    New School President Bob Kerrey and a panel of leading experts with divergent viewpoints engage in lively debate to hammer out practical, legislative approaches to immigration reform.

    Speakers discuss why a legislative solution is critical and what the right legislation would look like. They also examine the McCain/Kennedy Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act and subsequent proposals and discuss which aspects of those proposed solutions are feasible and well thought-out.

    Finally, the speakers assess what the new Administration has accomplished in its first 100 days and what it needs to address going forward. - The New School

    Tamar Jacoby is president and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA, a national federation of employers working to advance better immigration law.

    A nationally known journalist and author, she is a leading center-right advocate for immigration reform. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. She is a regular guest on national television and radio.

    She is author of Someone Elses House: Americas Unfinished Struggle for Integration, and editor of Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What It Means To Be American, a collection of essays about immigrant integration.