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immigrants' economic impact

The question of what impact immigrants have on the US economy and workers is easily one of the main concerns people have. Not surprisingly, there is not always clear consensus. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a 500-page report that pooled and reviewed data from economists, professors, and specialists of immigration. The results were mixed, but here are some of the main points:

what jobs do immigrants do?

So what jobs immigrants do immigrants do? If jobs paid more, would Americans be willing to work in those jobs? How much would those jobs have to pay?

Here are some readings that might give some insight into some jobs that immigrants do. Would you work in these same jobs? Under what circumstances?
Undercover in a Chicken FactoryWorking in the Shadows: Undercover Writer Sheds Light on Immigrant LaborWhy Americans Won't Do Dirty JobsJob Fight: Immigrants vs. Locals: Tennessee Residents Compete for Work They Once Scorned; An All-Night Wait for Slaughterhouse ShiftsDo Farm Workers from Developing Countries Take Jobs from Americans?Maid in America (video) In addition, notice that although they make up a smaller percentage of the US population, they account for a larger proportion of the civilian labor force.

And what kinds of jobs do immigrants perform? According to MPI
Of the 25.7 million employed foreign-born workers ages 16 and older in 2015, the largest share, or 31 percent, worked in…

the US Census, race, and the "White" category

How much does "race" play into nativism and anti-immigrant sentiment? It might be worthwhile to consider the race or ethnic characteristics of the US population. The chart takes data from the 2010 US Census.

The question about the the "White" category always comes up, so here are some of the Census definitions to clarify.
DEFINITION OF WHITE USED IN THE 2010 CENSUS According to OMB, “White” refers to a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. The White racial category includes people who marked the “White” checkbox. It also includes respondents who reported entries such as Caucasian or White; European entries, such as Irish, German, and Polish; Middle Eastern entries, such as Arab, Lebanese, and Palestinian; and North African entries, such as Algerian, Moroccan, and Egyptian. In addition,
Individuals who chose more than one of the six race categories are referred to as the race in combination population, or …