Jason Marczak, Senior Editor of Americas Quarterly and Director of Policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas—together with John Feinblatt, the chief policy advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg—explains why immigrants are critical to the manufacturing sector and argues that passing immigration reform should be a top priority for Congress this fall.
By John Feinblatt and Jason Marczak
As Congress resumes its work this month, there are many uncertainties, not least of which is the economy. Our country is still in post-recession recovery mode and some economists project another rough patch this fall that may only be exacerbated by the looming budget crisis and the accompanying debt ceiling fight. Amid these upcoming debates in Congress, it is critical to remain focused on ways to preserve and create more American jobs.
Here, one industry in particular stands out: manufacturing. It is a segment of the economy on which millions of American middle-class jobs depend. But it is also an industry that has undergone dramatic changes over the last half century, with the rise of both global manufacturing operations and the increasing prominence of high-skilled manufacturing. Our economy needs a strong manufacturing industry and our workers need the strong middle-class jobs the manufacturing industry provides.
New research points to an oft-overlooked way to promote manufacturing jobs: enact immigration reform. A new report from Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) shows how immigrants are playing a critical role in driving the U.S. manufacturing industry to create more jobs and to keep existing ones here in America. The research shows that 46 U.S. manufacturing jobs are created or preserved for every 1,000 immigrants who live in a county. In manufacturing hubs across the country, immigrants are adding new skills to allow manufacturing to grow and remain here in America.
Together, the more than 40 million immigrants in America have created or preserved 1.8 million manufacturing jobs nationally. To put that in context, that means immigrants are responsible for more than one in seven manufacturing jobs that remain in America today. In Los Angeles County, 40 percent of manufacturing jobs would vanish without immigrants.
In fact, in four of the five U.S. counties that have experienced the greatest growth in manufacturing jobs since 1970, immigration has accounted for a commanding majority of job growth. One of these areas is Harris County, Texas—home to Houston—which has seen an increase of 43,299 manufacturing jobs over the last 40 years. Immigration has been so integral to economic growth there that without it Harris would have actually lost manufacturing jobs during this period.
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By Adam Frankel
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff formally announced her decision today to postpone a state visit to Washington that was scheduled for October 23, citing allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on the Brazilian government and the Brazilian national oil company, Petrobrás.
In two articles published in World Politics Review, AQ Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini and Editorial Associate Wilda Escarfuller look at the evolution of Peruvian politics since the Fujimori era and the challenging conditions for governance. Part I examines the evolution of Peruvian politics since the Fujimori era and the challenging conditions for governance. Part II examines President Ollanta Humala’s government policy and solutions to address Peru’s political volatility and social upheaval.
On September 26 and 27, Latin American political, business and social leaders will gather in the city of León, Mexico to celebrate the 2013 AILA World Business Forum.
Energy: A New Era in the Americas
What is the hemisphere’s energy future? The Summer 2013 issue of Americas Quarterly, released on July 31, explores energy security, energy production and consumption, and how new technologies and petroleum discoveries in the Americas could affect global and regional geopolitics. The new AQ looks at the United States’ chances of achieving energy independence, the obstacles Brazil must overcome to become a green energy powerhouse, Central America’s inefficient, decentralized energy grid, and the disconnect between global energy demand and the production of renewable energy.
In an article published on July 30, The Christian Science Monitor provides a broad overview of Americas Quarterly's 2013 Social Inclusion Index, which will be released on July 31 with the launch of the Summer 2013 issue of AQ.
Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini appeared on VOA's Foro Interamericana (Interamerican Forum) on Friday to discuss AQ's new Social Inclusion Index.
Sabatini participated in a discussion with Dr. Mariana Anselme-López, chief of education programs at the Refugee Education Trust, and Judith Morrison, a senior advisor for the Gender and Diversity Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The discussion, moderated by VOA's Patricia Dalmasy, marked the launch of Americas Quarterly’s 2013 Social Inclusion Index and focused on the overall Index findings as well as how to measure social inclusion, the correlation between certain variables and the importance of understanding social inclusion for comprehensive policy making.
In an interview with the Council on Foreign Relations, AS/COA Senior Director of Policy and AQ Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini analyzes Latin American governments' varied reactions to revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency conducted large-scale spying programs in Central and South America. Sabatini predicts that the consequences for U.S.-Latin American relations should be minimal because the U.S. has a multifaceted relationship with Latin American countries. However, he cautions that the news could lead to extra scrutiny of telecommunications agreements in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and adds that it will have a negative impact on the U.S.' moral standing in the region.
Because of the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America—and the outspoken anti-Americanism of some of its most visible leaders—many people assume that Latin Americans harbor strong anti-U.S. sentiments.
Yet surprisingly, survey data reveals the exact opposite—Latin America is the most pro-American region in the world, including in countries where leaders frequently rail against U.S. imperialism.