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Immigrants Contribute to Long Island Economy

November 14, 2011
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A new study called New Americans on Long Island shows the contribution of Immigrants to the economy of Long Island. About 462,000 immigrants live in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island.

According to the study:

  • Half of Long Island immigrants work in white-collar jobs
  • More undocumented immigrants work in service jobs than in construction
  • Family income for most immigrants on Long Island is as least $80,000 a year
  • About 22 percent of Long Island small business owners are immigrants
  • About 75 percent of the immigrants live in homes they own

The information comes from the United States Census Bureau.

There has been opposition to immigrants on Long Island. Some towns oppose Day laborers who gather to find work.

Suffolk County executive Steve Levy is known for his opposition to illegal immigration. He said, “No one is denying that legal immigration contributes to our culture and our economy.” He went on to say the study does not show “the drain on services” of illegal immigrants.

An official of a Long Island business association said the study shows the role immigrants play in the economy.

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