Monthly Archives: May 2013

Border Delays Cost U.S. $7.8 Billion as Fence Is Focus

Delays at border crossings are cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars as trade with Mexico has increased and needed updates to infrastructure at ports of entry has lagged behind. Christopher Wilson of the Wilson Institute expressed his concern: “In … Continue reading

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The Presidential Inbox: Latin America

Shannon K. O’Neil, Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, sat down with to talk about U.S. policy toward Latin America during a panel on May 29, 2013. Video of the event is available here.

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Mary Meeker Highlights US Immigration Hypocrisy

Support for immigration reform continues to be strong from the high tech and business startup sector.  Mary Meeker of Silicon Valley highlighted the enormous economic contributions made by immigrants and their families: first or second generation immigrants have founded 42% … Continue reading

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Immigrants Provide $115 Billion to U.S. Medicare Program

Contradicting the classic anti-immigration argument that immigrants will overburden the U.S. healthcare system, a recent Harvard University study reported that over the last decade immigrants contributed more to the Medicare Trust Fund than they withdrew. “Immigrants generate a surplus for … Continue reading

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Graham: Immigration Reform Will Be Good for the Economy

Back in his home state of South Carolina, Senator Lindsey Graham argued that a “rational legal immigration system” would boost the U.S. economy by growing the workforce and allowing immigrants to make much-needed tax and social security contributions. He is … Continue reading

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Report: Focus on Border Security Overshadows Economic Benefits

While discussing “The State of the Border Report” released Thursday, Congressman Grijalva and author Erik Lee commented that U.S. fear of the border and preoccupation with security preclude proper understanding of the economic opportunities there. “I think there’s a giant … Continue reading

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Mexican Trade — and Tourists — Are Boon for U.S. Businesses

As the recent NDN and NPI’s 21st Century Border Initiative report “Realizing the Strategic National Value of our Trade, Tourism and Ports of Entry with Mexico” states, U.S. trade with Mexico is at an all-time high, creating vital jobs on both … Continue reading

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