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Jan 31, 2018

Immigration is, as happens fairly routinely, an important topic in the national conversation these days. It's generally well-accepted that the United States is "a nation of immigrants," and yet there remains a stubborn skepticism about new immigrants. These concerns generally branch into two broad categories: economic concerns and social concerns. Economically, citizens seem to think that immigrants are "taking our jobs" or "a drain on the system." Socially, citizens are of the belief that immigrants are "undermining American culture." But are any of these concerns warranted? Join James Harrigan and Antony Davies as they discuss this and more on this week's episode of Words and Numbers.

Quick Hits:

Denver hires homeless people


https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/denver-hired-homeless-people-perform-day-labor-city-100-landed-regular-jobs/ 

Koch donating $400 million to candidates


https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/27/politics/koch-republican-election-candidates-donate/index.html 


https://nrf.com/resources/consumer-research-and-data/holiday-spending/halloween-headquarters 


https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/04/fourth-of-july-spending-by-the-numbers.html 


https://www.opensecrets.org/overview/topindivs.php 


Foolishness of the week


https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/24/580228837/a-dozen-camels-disqualified-from-saudi-beauty-pageant-over-botox-injections 


Topic of the week


https://www.migrationpolicy.org/programs/data-hub/charts/Annual-Number-of-US-Legal-Permanent-Residents 


http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/04/27/5-facts-about-illegal-immigration-in-the-u-s/ 


http://www.pewhispanic.org/2016/11/03/size-of-u-s-unauthorized-immigrant-workforce-stable-after-the-great-recession/ 


http://www.businessinsider.com/major-us-companies-founded-by-immigrants-2017-2 


http://startupsusa.org/fortune500/#appendix 


http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/19/news/economy/undocumented-immigrant-taxes/index.html 


https://itep.org/wp-content/uploads/immigration2016.pdf 


https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/advocacy/United_States.pdf


https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/advocacy/United_States.pdf


https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/09/undocumented-immigrants-and-taxes/499604/ 


http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/despite-the-rancor-there-is-much-that-unites-americans-20171116.html