New York City Comptroller Posts Benefits Of Immigrants To Taxpayers: What Do You Think? Fact Or Fiction?

New York City Comptroller Posts Benefits Of Immigrants To Taxpayers: What Do You Think?

On January 4, 2024 the New York City Comptroller posts online the many benefits to New York City taxpayers the immigrants bring to the city. In case you have not read or viewed this public statement, you may want to take a closer look and comment on your experience of the use of New York State/City taxes. With one of the highest, if not the highest tax rates in the country, taxpayers should know how their tax money is spent. This message below comes straight out of the New York Government website with the direct link at the bottom of this article as proof. Just in case you cannot believe it. We would love to hear from New Yorkers or those taxpayers who left New York in our commentary section below. We would love for you to educate taxpayers, too!

Background: Busting Myths About Immigration

As New York City welcomes over 100,000 new arrivals seeking asylum, it is critical to ground conversations on immigration in facts, not fear. This fact sheet seeks to provide accurate information on key questions.

FACT: Immigrants Benefit Our Economy, Irrespective Of Their Status

Immigrants strengthen our economy as workers, entrepreneurs, taxpayers, and consumers:

Welcoming Asylum Seekers Is A Net Positive To The Economy
  • Conservative estimates have found that a 10% reduction in asylum seekers in one year would be a $8.9 billion loss[9] to the U.S. economy and over $1.5 billion in lost tax revenue over five years.

Undocumented immigrants[10] support economic growth, pay taxes, and keep our city and economy running as essential workers.

  • Although they are ineligible for Social Security, Medicaid, and most public benefits, undocumented immigrants help sustain[11] these vital entitlement programs by contributing billions of dollars into Social Security[12] and billions more into local, state, and federal taxes.
  • In 2021, undocumented immigrants contributed[13] $30.8 billion in total taxes nationally, including $18.6 billion in federal income taxes and $12.2 billion in state and local taxes.
  • In New York State, undocumented immigrants paid[14] $3 billion in taxes.
  • Undocumented immigrants make up approximately 3.2 percent of the U.S. population, but 4 percent[15] of the country’s workforce.
  • Undocumented immigrants are the backbone of many vital industries across New York. 70% of undocumented workers in New York are essential workers.[16]FACT: Immigrants Drive Workforce Growth

New immigration helps the U.S. economy compensate[17] for declining birth rates, slow population growth, and residents moving out of the city. If not for immigrants, the U.S. workforce would be shrinking:[18]

The United States is currently facing a labor shortage:

  • Right now, the latest data[28] shows that we have 9.5 million job openings in the U.S., but only 6.5 million unemployed workers. That means, if every unemployed worker found a job, there would still be 3 million job openings.
    • According to the U. S. Chamber of Commerce,[29] the vast majority of states have more job openings today than before the pandemic, while labor force participation remains below pre-pandemic levels.

New York City’s workforce has shrunk[30] since the pandemic. Growing our workforce by welcoming new arrivals will help address labor shortages and bolster our city’s post-pandemic economic recovery:

  • While New York City enjoys a much higher labor participation rate[31] than many other parts of the country, New York City has lost over 100,000[32] workers since February 2020.
  • New York State continues to see labor shortages in sectors such as home health care.[33]
  • The job openings rate[34] in New York is still above pre-pandemic levels;[35] in a recent special survey, New York State businesses reported[36] approximately 4% of their total jobs are currently unfilled, compared with pre-pandemic job openings constituting about 2% of their overall workforce.
  • The New York State Department of Labor has identified 39,456 jobs open to migrants and asylum seekers in New York.[37]
    FACT: Seeking Asylum Is Lawful Immigration

Arriving at the border to ask for asylum is lawful immigration. Every asylum seeker, no matter what country they are from, has a right to have their claims heard and adjudicated through our immigration system.

  • The right to seek asylum in the U.S. is enshrined under federal law. 8 U.S.C. § 1158(a)(1). This right to seek safety from persecution is also guaranteed under international law.[38]
  • The first step in seeking asylum, as required by statute,[39] is arriving in the United States.
  • Asylum seekers may apply for asylum regardless of how they arrived[40] in the U.S. – whether they presented themselves to authorities at the southern border, arrived at an airport, or otherwise.

Every asylum seeker should be welcomed with dignity and have a fair chance to have their asylum claims heard.

  • Policies aimed at deterring[41] people from seeking asylum have never stopped immigration.[42] People fleeing for their lives will always need asylum, no matter how cruelly we treat them.
  • Individuals and families from all over the world are fleeing persecution, torture, violence, and instability in their home countries.
    • Many of the asylum seekers who have reached New York City come from countries, such as Venezuela,[43] Mauritania,[44] and Haiti,[45] where the U.S. Department of State has identified prevalent human rights abuses, including torture, false imprisonment, and slavery.
      FACT: The Federal Government Can And Should Do More To Help Local Governments And Asylum Seekers
  • While comprehensive immigration reform is needed to address the root causes of a broken immigration system, the federal government can and should do more to support cities welcoming new arrivals.
  • The federal government can provide more funding[46] and flexibility in reimbursing localities for the cost of providing shelter, case management, workforce development, and legal services.
  • When war broke out in Ukraine, we saw what our federal government can do[47] when we decide to compassionately welcome people who have been displaced by turmoil.
  • Under federal law,[48] asylum applicants are not eligible for work authorization until six months after they file their asylum applications. The federal government can increase access to work authorization for new arrivals by expanding humanitarian parole[49] and Temporary Protected Status[50]
    • Providing more lawful immigration pathways reduce unlawful immigration. Between 2022 and 2023, illegal crossings from Ukrainians, Haitians, Venezuelans, Cubans, and Nicaraguans sharply decreased[51] after lawful pathways to entry through humanitarian parole[52] were implemented for those countries.
      FACT: This Is Not An Unprecedented Surge In Immigration

While New York City is seeing an unprecedented number[53] of asylum seekers relying on the City’s shelter system, the U.S. and New York City have seen periods of comparable or greater growth in our immigrant population in the past:

  • The immigrant population in the U.S. has only risen marginally since 2021 — the growth of our immigrant population in 2022 is 2 million less than[54] what the U.S. Census Bureau previously projected.
  • The period from 2012 to 2022 saw slower growth in the immigrant share of the population[55] than the 2000s, 1990s, 1980s and 1970s.
  • In the 1990s, the U.S. immigrant population grew exponentially. The number of immigrants in the U.S. grew[56] from 19 million to over 30 million between 1990-2000, an almost 5% increase in immigrants as a share of the total U.S. population.

The undocumented population in the U.S. has largely remained stable over the past 15 years.

  • The undocumented population peaked in 2007. The number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. rose[57] from an estimated 3.5 million people to a high of 12 million people between 1990 and 2007.
  • Since 2007 until 2021, the undocumented population in the United States has remained stable.[58] It has not grown, but rather hovered around 11 million people nationwide for the last 15 years.
  • The undocumented population in New York City has been declining[59] over the last decade. Approximately 476,000 undocumented immigrants lived in NYC in 2019, the most recent year data is available, as compared to 504,000 in 2018.
    FACT: The World Is Experiencing A Global Refugee Crisis

Though New York City has seen periods of comparable or greater growth in our immigrant population in the past, it is important to understand current increases in a global context. The world is currently experiencing a global refugee crisis – more people have been forced to leave their home countries than ever before.

The duty to welcome displaced people has disproportionately fallen on countries other than the U.S.:

  • The vast majority, 76%,[63] of displaced people are hosted by low- and middle-income countries, not countries like the U.S.
  • About 6 million out of the over 7 million displaced Venezuelans[64] have migrated to other Latin American or Caribbean countries.
  • Three countries whose populations are a mere fraction of the U.S. total population, Turkey, Iran, and Colombia, host the most refugees in the world.[65] Colombia, which has a population of about 51 million, has taken in 2.5 million displaced people.
FACT: New York City Is The Greatest Immigrant City The World Has Ever Seen
  • New York City has a rich history of welcoming immigrants and was once the epicenter of mass migration to the U.S.:
  • New York City is still a city of immigrants. Over 3 million New York City residents are immigrants, comprising about 40% of our city’s population.[71]
  • New York City has the largest number of people of Bangladeshi, Colombian, Chinese, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Ghanaian, Guyanese, Haitian, Indian, Irish, Italian, Jamaican, Jewish, Nigerian, Pakistani, Russian, Senegalese, and Ukrainian descent in the U.S.View Original Post From NYC Comptroller

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According to an article in the New York Time, New York Mayor Adams promulgates his experience:

Are you aware New York City launches 53 MILLION program(paid for by taxpayers) to issue pre-paid credit cards to illegal migrant families? Are any U.S. taxpayers receiving these benefits?

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