Augusta Free Press: “New data shows economic impact of immigrant population”

New research has been released on the contributions of immigrants in Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District and highlight the critical need for immigration reform.

Spearheaded by New American Economy (NAE), the event marks the launch of Map the Impact – a campaign to highlight the power of immigrants in communities across the country.

This effort arms business, civic, and cultural leaders with new data on immigrant populations in all 435 Congressional Districts and 50 metro areas. Featured in an interactive map that also includes state- and sector-specific data, NAE’s quantifies every locality’s foreign-born population, tax contributions, spending power, home ownership, and voting power, among other items.

“Our current immigration system needs reform as we are relying on outdated laws that do not address the challenges we face in the 21st century,” said Roanoke Democratic State Del. Sam Rasoul. “This new research proves what we’ve known for years: immigrants are a boon to our local economy and in every community in America. If we modernize the system, our country stands to benefit.”

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About NAE

New American Economy is a bipartisan research and advocacy organization fighting for smart federal, state, and local immigration policies that help grow our economy and create jobs for all Americans. More…