A new analysis from a conservative think tank finds that the bipartisan immigration bill that passed the Senate in May could add an average of 14,000 jobs in each Congressional district over 10 years, resulting in approximately 6 million new jobs. The calculations, which the American Action Network is distributing to lawmakers’ offices, come as some conservative Congressmen are signaling that they could support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
A district-by-district web tool estimates that each district will see at least 7,000 jobs and finds that Senate bill could create tens of thousands of jobs in the districts of its most prominent opponents. For instance:
— Rep. Steve King (R-IA): 13,298 jobs — Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): 15,144 jobs — Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX): 15,587 jobs
The report builds on previous estimates, which have similarly found that legalization and eventual citizenship could create millions of jobs and significantly boost the GDP, as immigrants — who have a higher rates of labor force participation and greater rates of small business ownership than the native population — start earning higher wages, spend their increased earnings on consumer goods, and create more demand and growth throughout the rest of the economy. Immigrants generally don’t compete for the same jobs as U.S.-born Americans, the research shows, and tend to “increase their productivity.”
The group’s calculator relies on “data from a Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) study of economic data and new worker visas and a Congressional Budget Office report on the impact of the Senate bill.”