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

August 23, 2016

Topeka, Kansas - Today, a coalition of business and community leaders came together for a Day of Action to showcase new research on immigration contributions in Kansas and to highlight the critical need for immigration reform. Events will be held in all 50 states and it will mark 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 Day of Action coincides with the release of a new research, including data on the foreign-born population in Kansas, their tax contributions, their spending power, and their role in Kansas'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 here.

The Contributions of Immigrants in Kansas shows that immigrants make up 7 percent of the state's population and contributed $1.4 billion in taxes, or close to 7 percent of the total share in 2014. That same year, immigrants earned $5.2 billion, or 6.7 percent of all income earned by Kansasians in 2014.

Immigrants in Kansas contribute to key industries, such as tourism, agriculture, and healthcare. They make up 5.3 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 Kansas can be found in the NAE report here.

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

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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 at www.RenewOurEconomy.org.