Reason for Reform Campaign Highlights New Data Showing Economic Impact of Immigrants in California

Immigrant Impact on Santa Clara County California Infographic

Today, local leaders from Silicon Valley came together for a Day of Action to showcase new research on immigration contributions in California and highlight the critical need for immigration reform. As one of dozens of events across all 50 states today, the event marks the launch of the Reason for Reform campaign, sponsored by the Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE).

The Reason for Reform campaign brings together state business, civic, and cultural leaders to urge Congress to take action on immigration reform. Today’s Silicon Valley Day of Action coincides with the release of new research, including data on the foreign-born population in California, their tax contributions, their spending power, and their role in California’s key industries as leaders and job creators. Today, NAE is also launching a new mobile tool that lets users make a video telling their Reason for Reform. Videos will be sent directly to Congress. Check out the tool  .

“San Jose is truly a city of immigrants,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “In fact, about half of our region’s small businesses and VC-funded start-ups were founded by immigrants. By embracing this entrepreneurial spirit and our collective immigrant experience, we will continue to see significant economic benefits throughout our entire community.”

Mr. Matt Mahood, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce added that, “In the Chamber’s 130 years of existence, few regions in world history have created more wealth than the Silicon Valley and foreign-born entrepreneurs, scientists, and inventors have played a vital role in our leadership in technology, businesses, and innovation. However, our immigration system often blocks talented, hardworking immigrants from coming to America and continuing to build our economy. The Reason for Reform now is that we need laws that let us welcome the talent we need to grow the economy and compete, while protecting American workers.”

The Contributions of Immigrants in California shows that immigrants make up 27 percent of the state’s population and contributed $82.9 billion in taxes, or roughly 29 percent of the total share in 2014. That same year, immigrants earned nearly $323.3 billion, or 29 percent of all income earned by California residents.

Immigrants in California contribute to key industries, such as software development, agriculture, and tourism. They make up 38 percent of all entrepreneurs in the state, and play a large role in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, a major component of U.S. economic growth. These and other key statistics on immigrants in California can be found in the NAE report  .

“This data demonstrates that immigrants are a cornerstone of the California economy and workforce,” said Ms. Maria Giuriato of the Latin Business Association. “They are 80% of the agriculture workforce and 40% of all STEM workers, and between 2005-10 founded 52% of the new firms in this Valley. A reason for immigration reform is that it will only strengthen the California economy for everyone.”

The Reason for Reform campaign is launching in all 50 states today to urge Congress to take action on immigration reform. More information can be found at www.ReasonForReform.org

About the Partnership for a New American Economy

The Partnership for a New American Economy brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic and Independent mayors and business leaders who support immigration reforms that will help create jobs for Americans today. The Partnership’s members include mayors of more than 35 million people nationwide and business leaders of companies that generate more than $1.5 trillion and employ more than 4 million people across all sectors of the economy, from Agriculture to Aerospace, Hospitality to High Tech and Media to Manufacturing. Partnership members understand that immigration is essential to maintaining the productive, diverse and flexible workforce that America needs to ensure prosperity over the coming generations. Learn more atwww.RenewOurEconomy.org.