New Americans as economic drivers for prosperity

Immigrants give more than they take. It’s from that simple starting point that we can craft policies that recognize the importance of immigrants on our local economies. How San Diego leads and coordinates immigration policies across its cities matter since all are directly affected by them. Across San Diego County, the economic impact of immigrants in San Diego is undeniable: almost $17 billion in spending power, over $6 billion in taxes paid, and over 65,000 entrepreneurs. Working together to create an inclusive economy is the way forward.

Priority areas for the organization include:

  • Distributing more We Welcome You posters to businesses across the region
  • Researching the impacts of border tightening policies on the San Diego economy
  • Creating a countywide naturalization support fund
  • Tracking the number of I-9 workplace audits performed by ICE on targeted industries
  • Ensuring the City’s Welcoming San Diego strategic plan recommendations get implemented
  • Leveraging government financing through social impact bonds to get more new Americans on career pathways
  • Launching community-based loan and financing options that provide capital for immigrant entrepreneurs