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White House report states immigration reform would bring economic boost for Oklahoma

Trying to push the U.S. House to take up immigration reform, the White House releases report touting state-by-state economic benefits.
by Chris Casteel Published: August 1, 2013

Providing a pathway to earned citizenship and expanding high- and low-skilled visa programs will increase total personal income for Oklahoma families by $537 million in 2020, according to Regional Economic Models, Inc.

Immigration reform would have increased the state and local taxes paid by immigrants in Oklahoma by approximately $14 million in 2010.

Immigrants significantly increased home values in Oklahoma between 2000 and 2010; in Oklahoma County, the increase was $2,430 for the median home.

In 2020, an expanded temporary worker program would mean 786 new jobs for U.S. citizens and immigrants in Oklahoma, and increase Oklahoma's real personal income by $49 million in 2012 dollars.

Oklahoma's labor force is 7.4 percent foreign-born; noncitizen farm workers accounted for 17 percent of all farm workers in Oklahoma between 2007 and 2011.

Of Oklahoma's business owners, 6.9 percent are immigrants.

About 55.1 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates at the state's most research-intensive schools are foreign-born. Also, 70.3 percent of the state's engineering Ph.D.s are foreign-born.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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