Immigrants in South Dakota bolster the tax base and the workforce, a new report says, and more welcoming laws could help foreign-born workers respond to the state’s labor shortage.
The report on South Dakota is one of 51 on the economic benefits of immigration from the Partnership for a New American Economy, a group headed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Fox Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and several other mayors and business leaders.
The state-by-state rundowns say immigrants create jobs and wealth through entrepreneurship, boost the housing market, bolster the tax base, save manufacturing jobs and have the potential to solve labor shortages in the health care field as baby boomers age out of the workforce.
Support for immigration reform is support for the economy, the report concludes.
“We feel that there are many reasons for reform, and that a state economic argument is most easily understood,” said Jesse Dougherty, representative for the Partnership for a New American Economy.