Immigrants and America's Comeback from the COVID-19 Crisis

Stuart Anderson
Date of Publication: 
July, 2020
Source Organization: 
National Foundation for American Policy

The Covid-19 health crisis caused a halt to much of the economic activity Americans long took for granted. The economic harm is likely to endure, while the social implications are only now being realized. History and economics show America will be better – and the economic and societal recovery will be stronger – if the country embraces openness rather than fear. Major immigration problems are taking shape: In the Fall 2020, enrollment of new international students at U.S. universities could fall to the lowest level since after World War II, while U.S. average annual labor force growth, a key component of economic growth, may be 59% lower due to Trump administration policies that have reduced legal immigration.

One consequence of the coronavirus pandemic is Americans have become acquainted with people and companies who have proven instrumental to Americans during the crisis. That includes companies providing or working on medical responses, entrepreneurs whose innovations have made our lives easier and immigrant workers in health care and the food sector. While this report provides important data, it also focuses on one of the most important and often overlooked aspect of immigration – the immigrants themselves and their contributions.

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Anderson, S. (2020, July). Immigrants and America's comeback from the COVID-19 crisis. National Foundation for American Policy.