“Immigration is not just a link to America’s past; it’s also a bridge to America’s future.” – George H.W. Bush
Alexander Graham Bell immigrated to the US in 1871. Only five years later, he developed the first telephone and eventually the telecommunications company AT&T. Bell’s ideas about communications technology laid the groundwork for the internet and mobile phones. Even almost 150 years later, his impact on the modern age is clear. He illustrates the potential of immigrants to contribute to long-term economic growth through revolutionary innovations. Our research explores the role immigrants play in cultural and economic development, and how we can ensure our immigration system supports our communities, economy, and immigrants.