Importing Poverty*

Immigration and the Growth of America's Poor Population

WASHINGTON -- President Clinton's recent trip through poverty-stricken areas highlighted the continuing problem of poverty in America. While a number of explanations have been offered for why the nation's long-term poverty rate and the number of people in poverty have remained persistently high, the primary cause has been little studied until now. A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies finds that immigration accounts for the vast majority of the growth in poverty over the last 20 years.

The study, entitled *Importing Poverty: Immigration's Impact on the Size and Growth of the Poor Population in the United States* by the Center's Director of Research, Steven Camarota, will be released at a panel discussion on Thursday, September 2, at 10:30 a.m. in Room 2237 Rayburn House Office Building.

After Dr. Camarota presents his findings, two noted economists from differing perspectives will comment on the report:

* George Borjas is a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a former adviser to Calif. Gov. Pete Wilson on immigration issues. His new book, Heaven's Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy, has just been published by Princeton University Press.

* Lawrence Mishel is research director of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, and most recently co-author of The State of Working America, 1998-99. He is a former economist for the AFL-CIO and the UAW.

For more information, call the Center at (202) 466-8185.

Courtesy of The Center for Immigration Studies - Mark Krikorian

* - The phrase "Importing Poverty" was coined in 1992 by VCT and has proven to be true indeed.