Immigration, as a conduit for bringing new talent, ideas, and inventions into the United States, is essential to the success and vitality of our economy and society. In this timely book, researched and written by the Immigration Book Project Team at Penn State University, immigration is approached from historical, economic, business, and sociological perspectives in order to argue that treatment of immigrants must reflect and applaud their critical roles in supporting and leading the economic, social, cultural, and political institutions of civil society.
Approaching immigration as both a socioeconomic phenomenon and a matter of public policy, The Danger of Devaluing Immigrants offers demographics and statistics on workforce participation and job creation along with stories of individual immigrants’ contributions to the economy and society. It supports the idea that, when immigration is challenged in the political sphere, we must not lose sight of the valuable contributions that immigrants have made—and will continue to make—to our democracy.
- Approaches immigration from many perspectives: economic, business, historical, and sociological
- Investigates the substantial roles of immigrants in critical industries and sectors across the U.S. economy
- Emphasizes the bimodal nature of attitudes toward immigrants depending on their education and skill level and abilities
- Includes personal stories and case studies from immigrants
- Draws on the expertise of a team from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University