Nationwide concerns about decreased international student enrollment
The recent downward trend in the number of international students coming to the United States is generating national attention. There are concerns over the economic impact as well as the long-term effects for the country’s academic and research institutions that are enriched by the presence of talented students from around the world.
New statistics on Green Cards issued in 2009
The Office of Immigration Statistics of the Department of Homeland Security released the Annual Flow Report, which shows the numbers of people seeking permanent residency in the U.S. is increasing.
Over 1 million people became Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) of the United States in 2009. The average annual LPR flow, which has shown an upward trend since the 1940s, has increased greatly from 250,000 during the 1950s. Almost two-thirds granted residency applied based on a family relationship with a U.S. citizen or LPR.
Immigrants and Taxes: Contributing, Not Collecting
(NU) America’s economy is flailing, and 78 million baby boomers are nearing
retirement, at which point they will leave the workforce to receive massive amounts of Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits. In a time of major economic downturn, the unlikely “saving grace” is the immigrant population, which pays into the Social Security system without collecting benefits. Undocumented immigrants in the U.S. comprise approximately 5 percent of the workforce. Contrary to popular belief, between one-half and three-quarters of undocumented immigrants pay federal and state income taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes – in addition to sales and property taxes.