Since Election Day, hate crimes have increased and debate continues on whether or not President-elect Donald Trump will build a wall between the United States and Mexico and ban Muslims from entering the country.
On Wednesday, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released an analysis of the contributions immigrants make to every industry — including technology, finance, entertainment and medicine — in the five boroughs.
“We have not just a moral imperative to be true to our values and stand up to anti-immigrant policies, but an economic imperative as well,” Stringer said. “The contributions that immigrants make to our economy are enormous.
- 3.3 million people in New York City were born outside the United States
- New York’s immigrants come from more than 150 countries and make up about 40 percent of the city’s population
- Immigrants earn a combined income of more than $100 billion – 32 percent of total earnings in New York City
- Immigrant New York families pay an estimated $8 billion annually in city and state personal income taxes and approximately $2 billion in city property taxes
“Religious bans, threats of mass deportations, registries — all are antithetical to our legacy as New Yorkers and Americans. We hope this data shows the extraordinary impact immigrants make in our city, and we hope it demonstrates why supporting New Yorkers, no matter where they’re from, is the right thing to do for our economy.”