1. Immigrants have shaped the U.S. Economy
There are plenty of historical precedents and data that can be mined for a broader picture of how immigrants influence national innovation and economic growth.
A recent study by Petra Moser at NYU showed that like stones dropped into a pond, the immigrant scientists created ripples that widened as they spread. His team examined German Jewish chemists whose innovative output could be tracked using U.S. patent data from 1920 to 1970. The result? Patents jumped by over 30% in the fields that these immigrants entered after 1933. In some cases, patent production nearly doubled. Their native-born collaborators also became more inventive. Even the coinventors of the collaborators of these immigrants were energized, continuing to be significantly more productive into the 1950s and 1960s.
2. Immigrants are vital to the U.S. COVID-19 response