A Welcoming Environment for Immigrants


About one in ten Georgians are foreign-born. Immigrants are our neighbors, friends and family members. Immigrants are also key drivers of Georgia’s economy, but state and federal policies both create barriers to prosperity for immigrants in our state. A welcoming environment for immigrants will enrich our state and boost economic outcomes.

GBPI 2019 Policy Priorities

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute works to build a more inclusive economy so that everyone can participate …

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Potential Changes to Public Charge Would Negatively Impact Georgia Families, Economy

On October 10, the federal administration released a proposal to radically change the U.S. immigration system by redefining …

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Growing Diverse, Thriving Together

Embracing Equity and Inclusion to Bolster Georgia’s Economy By Wesley Tharpe, Research Director and Alex Camardelle, Senior Policy …

Costs of immigration enforcement largely untracked

ATLANTA – Most Georgia counties do not keep track of how much local taxpayer money goes toward their …

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Voluntary Immigration Enforcement a Costly Choice for Georgia Communities

Georgia’s local governments aligned closely with the federal government’s system of immigration enforcement over the past decade, especially …

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Proposed Rule Change Threatens Legal Immigrants, U.S.-Born Children

The Trump administration appears likely to propose a change to longstanding immigration rules that could lead immigrants lawfully …

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Sine Die 2018: Education Gets its Due

A fully funded K-12 education formula. Hasty and sweeping tax changes. Georgia’s first foray into need-based financial aid …

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All Georgians Stand to Lose from Immigrant Crackdown Measure

Georgia lawmakers are considering a bill that poses serious risk to the state’s immigrant community and could harm …

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Georgia’s Higher Education Goals Hurt by Undocumented Student Policies

Across Georgia, people aspire to go to college. But students caught in the web of immigration laws and …

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Adding Citizens a Powerful Way to Boost Georgia Communities

States and cities nationwide are discovering they can strengthen their local economies and boost tax revenues by encouraging …

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Georgia Takes Steps to Strengthen the Health Care Workforce

Georgia lawmakers are scheduled to meet Monday to study barriers that block Georgians’ access to adequate health care. …

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Support Adult English Language Education to Invest in Future

One in five Georgia children lives with at least one immigrant parent and nearly half of immigrants in …

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