Immigrants provide a net positive economic impact to the United States. As our population is aging and our birth rates continue to decline, it would be better for our economy if we allowed considerably more immigrants into our country.
Immigrants contribute to our economy in many positive ways. Studies from New American Economy in 2019 showed that immigrants paid $492 billion in taxes and immigrant entrepreneurs generated $88.5 billion in income. In 2016, 30% of new entrepreneurs were immigrants, despite the fact that they only made up 14% of the U.S. population. Almost 45% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants. When we welcome new talent into our country, everyone benefits.
There is no evidence to support the idea that immigrants are a strain on public services. While there are some immigrants, such as refugees and asylees (those who have already received asylum), who qualify for some government aid, those still in the asylum process are not eligible. Also, family members who sponsor immigration for their relatives must agree to take responsibility for them financially in the event they need it.