(OPINION) Report recommends a more equitable distribution of the positive fiscal benefits of immigration

The United States as a whole economically benefits from immigration, and the federal government enjoys positive fiscal impacts from immigration. But the fiscal cost of immigration is disproportionately paid for by state and local governments, particularly in those areas receiving less-educated immigrants who are new to the country.

In a Hamilton Project proposal, authors Wendy Edelberg of The Hamilton Project and the Brookings Institution and Tara Watson of the Brookings Institution and Williams College offer mechanisms to redirect some of the federal gains from immigration toward those communities that bear more of its near-term costs.

Wendy Edelberg & Tara Watson, Brookings Institution, December 7, 2022
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