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Steven Camarota

Steven Camarota

Director of Research, Center for Immigration Studies

Steven Camarota serves as the director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a research institute that examines the consequences of legal and illegal immigration on the United States. The Center promotes an informed debate on comprehensive immigration reform by providing policymakers, academics, media, and citizens with fact-based information on immigration. In recent years, Camarota has testified before Congress more than any other non-government expert on the economic and fiscal impact of immigration. Additionally, he was the lead researcher on a contract with the Census Bureau examining the quality of immigrant data in the American Community Survey. Camarota’s research has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today, and numerous other media outlets. 

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Data from the Census Bureau shows that 42.4 million immigrants (both legal and illegal) now live in the United States. This Backgrounder provides a detailed picture of immigrants, also referred to as the foreign-born, living in the United States by country of birth and state.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A PowerPoint presentation on the demographic, economic, and fiscal impact of immigration.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

There is no evidence of a shortage of less-skilled seasonal workers outside of agriculture.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Nothing delegitimizes someone in modern America more than the suggestion, or even the hint, that they hold unenlightened attitudes about race.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Nothing delegitimizes someone in modern America more than the suggestion, or even the hint, that they hold unenlightened attitudes about race.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

It may be that farmers can't find enough workers given what they want to pay and how they want to treat workers. But bringing in unskilled immigrant workers rather than raising wages and mechanizing creates significant costs and problems that are borne by society as a whole. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

That less-educated immigrants (like less-educated native-born citizens) are a net fiscal drain — creating more in costs than they pay in taxes — is certainly not a moral failing on their part. They are merely participating in the U.S. government's highly redistributive system of taxing and spending.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Based on data collected in 2012, 51 percent of households headed by immigrants (legal or illegal) reported that they used at least one welfare program, compared to 30 percent of native-headed households.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015