How Immigration Decline is Impacting American Cities

What happens after I become a permanent resident

We talk often about the value that immigrants bring to the United States, from cultural diversity to economic contributions. In fact, many towns and cities of all sizes across the United States benefit from immigration programs and an influx of foreign nationals. While the stance on immigration in the U.S. is a contested one, the fact remains that immigrants are a key cogs in the wheel that keep American industry in motion. 


Recently, the New York Times published an article discussing a corridor of Arkansas that is home to household brands like Wal-Mart and Tyson Foods, and how the lack of local, native born American workers to fill these corporations led to an influx of immigrant workers from Central America, Mexico, India and more. These immigrants dreamt of coming to the United States, and were able to do so by filling much needed positions in factories, call centers, meat processing plants, and more. 


Arkansas is not an anomaly. Along with the foreign national work ethic, these hardworking immigrants bring a wave of cultural diversity to cities that aren’t metropolitan hubs. They bring new cuisine, art and dance, and other unique traits that before, one would have to travel abroad to observe and enjoy. 


Currently, immigration is at a very slow pace with record low numbers, which many attribute to complex recent administration policies and the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the United States over the past 10 years experienced the slowest population growth rate in eight decades, according to the 2020 census, because of plunging fertility rates and shrinking immigration.


This summer, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has called on Congress and the White House to double the number of visas for high-skilled temporary workers under the H-1B visa program and also the H2-A visa for seasonal workers in sectors like agriculture and meat production, another economic mainstay in this part of the country. However, these goals are met with opposition, stating that these programs take jobs away from American laborers who are out of work. We debunked that theory with research earlier this year. 


For our population to grow, and for American industry to keep pace and remain competitive, immigrants are essential. We are a firm of immigrants, for immigrants. Contact us today if you are looking to expand your workforce for foreign born talent.