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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Report Finds Immigrant Workers Aid State Economy

This release comes from our allies at OneAmerica. OneAmerica is committed to the vision of a unified nation with justice for all. Their mission is to advance the fundamental principles of democracy, justice, and human rights at the local, state and national levels. For more information, visit their website at

OneAmerica report finds immigrant workers aid state economy

'Building Washington's Future' first to examine immigrant worker role in Washington

SEATTLE - A new OneAmerica report - to be released at a news conference Wednesday - outlines demographic trends related to immigrants in Washington; immigrant contributions to the economy through consumption, taxes, and their use of public benefits; the role of immigrants in the workforce and their direct contributions to a variety of industries as "unskilled" workers, immigrant entrepreneurs, and H-1B visa holders.

Presenters at the news conference will speak to the impact of immigrant workers on their businesses and the state economy. The report is the first state-specific report to examine Washington's contributions of immigrants to the economy. Staff will be available to discuss key findings including Washington's national rank and recent demographic changes in foreign born; data on immigrants, tax revenue, and the use of public assistance; and the role of immigrants in the aging workforce.

WHAT: News conference
WHERE: OneAmerica future offices - 1225 S. Weller, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98144
WHEN: Wed., April 8, 10 a.m.
RSVP: Please RSVP here or email Naomi Ishisaka

Pramila Jayapal, Executive Director, OneAmerica
Sarah Curry, Policy and Research Associate, OneAmerica
Luis Fraga, Associate Vice Provost, UW, Director of Diversity Research Institute
Renee Radcliffe Sinclair, Executive Director, Congressional & Public Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Sergio Salinas, Secretary-Treasurer, SEIU Local 6
Dr. Mo Kyson, Iraqi refugee, served as U.S. Army interpreter, highly skilled dentist, underemployed in construction industry

(contact information will be provided at event):
Jon Wyss, Governmental Affairs, Gebber Farms
Josh Koempel, Owner, Potentiality Farms



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