immigrationCFI recognizes that immigrants and immigration play a large role in Colorado’s economy and our future. We believe that broadly shared prosperity means that all Coloradans, regardless of their immigration status, have equal access to the public resources and economic opportunities that allow them to achieve their full potential. CFI examines the role of immigrants in the Colorado economy and beyond, and promotes public policies that improve the economic well-being of immigrant families.

Immigration Reports

Bill expanding driver’s license program for undocumented Coloradans passes the House and dies in the Senate

June 7, 2016
Getting a driver’s license is a cornerstone of American culture and has long been seen as a rite of passage into adulthood for teens. However, for families, a license is more than just a rite of passage; it is a… read more

The Impact of Allowing All Immigrants Access to Driver’s Licenses 

June 29, 2015
PDF Report Providing driver’s licenses to all immigrants makes Colorado roads safer and results in greater savings in automobile insurance premiums for all Colorado drivers. Licensed drivers become more knowledgeable about traffic and road laws, purchase insurance and register their… read more

CFI Report: Immigrant workers critical to Colorado economy

April 29, 2015
Colorado immigrants are a crucial – and growing – part of the state’s economy, with many industries relying on their labor. In addition, many immigrants are entrepreneurs, bringing new businesses and jobs to Colorado.

Immigration’s positive effects on the economy: CFI’s Chris Stiffler appears on KGNU’s “It’s the Economy”

November 22, 2013
What are the effects of immigration on Colorado’s economy? Chris Stiffler, economist for the Colorado Fiscal Institute, laid it out for listeners on KGNU’s “It’s the Economy,” on the Thursday, Nov. 21 edition of the show.  Stiffler has written several… read more

Welcoming Immigrants Good for Colorado’s Economy

September 11, 2013
The data is in – welcoming immigrants to our state and our communities benefits us all, according to new research compiled by the Immigration Policy Center.  It shows that: ·      Immigrant entrepreneurs generated $1.2 billion in business revenues in Colorado… read more
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