Ten things you need to know on Day Without Immigrants

| February 17, 2017
CLOSE Skip in Skip x Embed x Share Immigrants and Americans marching in solidarity to protest the immigration policy of President Donald Trump. Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com Hector Manny, the sous chef at Brickwall Tavern in Asbury Park. (Photo: STAFF PHOTO: LIZ DENNERLEIN) 7020 CONNECTTWEET 3 LINKEDIN 89 COMMENTEMAILMORE A nationwide strike Thursday dubbed a “Day Without Immigrants ” cast a spotlight on the role of foreign-born workers in the American economy. The walkout at some businesses comes amid a feverish debate over undocumented immigration, foreign trade and President Trump’s temporary travel ban on people from several majority-Muslim nations. Here are 10 key things you should know about the impact of immigrants in the U.S. workforce: 1. Their numbers have grown… There were about 26.3 million foreign-born people working in the U.S. in 2015, making up 16.7% of the workforce, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics  (BLS). That’s up from 15% in 2005. 2. …But fewer are undocumented. The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. hit a seven-year low in 2014, according to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center . An estimated 11.1 million immigrants were living in the U.S. illegally in 2014, down from an all-time high of 12.2 million in 2007. .oembed-asset-photo-image { width: 100%; } 3. They settle mostly in coastal states. States with the highest percentage of foreign-born residents in 2014 were California (27%), New York (22.6%), New Jersey (21.7%), Florida (20%) and Nevada (19.3%), according to the Pew . CLOSE Skip in Skip x Embed x Share Alvarado Street, a major Latino gathering spot in Los Angeles, saw many businesses closed on ‘A Day without Immigrants’. Jefferson Graham reports. CLOSE Skip in Skip x Embed x Share Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are expressing bafflement and dismay after President Donald Trump asked a black reporter to set up a meeting with them. (Feb. 16) AP .oembed-asset-photo-image { width: 100%; } 4. They pay more than $100 billion in income taxes. Foreign-born households contributed $106.9 billion in income tax revenue in 2012, according to a George Mason University Institute for Immigration Research study . 5. But they don’t make as much money on average as native-born Americans. Foreign-born workers’ median weekly wages were $681 in 2015, about 18.6% less than native-born American workers, according to BLS. 6. Immigrants are only slightly below native-born on poverty rates. About 17.7% of foreign-born residents lived below the poverty line in 2014, compared with 14.5% of U.S.-born residents, according to Pew. 7. Women immigrants are less likely to work than women born in the U.S. Of foreign-born workers in 2015, about 58.3% were men, according to BLS. Of native-born workers, 52.2% were men. 8.  Almost half are Latinos. Latinos make up 48.8% of the foreign-born workforce, while 24.1% is Asian, 16.8% are white and 9.2% are black, according to BLS. 9. They drove the workforce’s expansion. Immigrants made up about 47% of the nation’s workforce expansion from 2004 through 2014, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development . 10. They’re entrepreneurial. Immigrants or their kids started about 40% of Forbes 500 companies, including Google, Apple and Intel, according to the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab . Follow USA TODAY reporter Nathan Bomey on Twitter @NathanBomey . CLOSE Skip in Skip x Embed x Share Alvarado Street, a major Latino gathering spot in Los Angeles, saw many businesses closed on ‘A Day without Immigrants’. Jefferson Graham reports. 7020 CONNECTTWEET 3 LINKEDIN 89 COMMENTEMAILMORE Read or Share this story: http://usat.ly/2llRXjV

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