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Tip sheet: Potential impact of immigrant strike

February 15, 2017

A national strike such as the one announced Thursday by immigrants living and working in the United States—even by a fraction of the 26 million working immigrants—would have profound impact on virtually every industry in the country, said Monica Gomez Isaac, executive director of the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University.

“ 'A Day Without Immigrants' would not only demonstrate the intricate ways in which immigrants are woven into the fabric of American life, but will also give a present and potentially jarring reminder of our everyday reliance on immigrants,” she said.

“Immigrants care for our children, our parents, our workplaces, and construct our offices and homes. They participate in our communities, and fill vital need in our economy. The contributions of immigrants permeate nearly every facet of American society. Whether it be the $106,932,000 in state and federal income taxes paid, the revenue they create for American companies, or the innovative ideas they provide as entrepreneurs, the U.S. economy depends on immigrants.” 

Monica Gomez Isaac, executive director of Mason's Institute for Immigration Research, has a master's degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University, and spent seven years doing political and economic analysis for the U.S. Department of Defense. She can be reached at or 703-993-5833.

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