Ag and Tech Leaders Illustrate Industrial Impact of Immigrants

In every industry and every neighborhood, immigrants help move this country forward.

New American Economy is proud to launch two new ads illustrating the impact of immigrants in America's agricultural and tech industries. 

Click here to watch the videos now, and then share with your friends.

Our farmers made the case for reform: Rick Roth of Roth farms said "immigration reform is probably the top issue of agriculture around the country." Numerous farmers reported trouble finding enough workers to harvest their crops. Others reported struggles obtaining the necessary visas, and some even worried that America won't be able to feed America if we continue with labor shortages.
 


Our tech leaders shared many similar concerns. One entrepreneur told us that "streamlining our immigration is a must to maintain our competitive edge." Another tech founder told us simply that "none of her companies would have been possible" without talented immigrants. 

The statistics are daunting:

  • The number of U.S. farm workers declined by more than 20% between 2012 and 2014.
  • We import 80% more fruits and vegetables than we did 15 years ago.
  • More than 25% of science and technology firms report difficulty hiring.
  • It took less than one-week to reach the cap on high-skilled visas granted in 2016.

Help us spread the word. Watch and share these videos now. And then visit us again tomorrow, as we launch our new website and interactive map that breaks down the impact of immigration in every state, district, and industry. 

Thank you,

Jeremy Robbins
Executive Director
New American Economy