At age 19, knowing no English, Claudya Arana Sanchez came to the U.S. from Guatemala to pursue her dream of becoming an engineer. After earning a prestigious National Science Foundation fellowship for graduate school, she completed his education and was recruited to work for Ford Motor Company in 2005. She presently serves as Ford's Sustainability Reporting & Integration Manager.
For more than 40 years, Dr. Mahmmod Hai has been a practicing urologist in Wayne County, serving countless residents from across the region. He is one of many immigrants who contribute every day to our community and the nation as a whole. #DiversityIsOurStrength
Immigrants contributed more than $10.5 billion to Wayne County's GDP in 2017, according to new research from New American Economy (NAE) in partnership with the Office of the Wayne County Executive and Wayne United. In addition to their financial contributions, including $430.5 million to Social Security and $110.6 million to Medicare in 2017, the report highlights how immigrants helped to offset population losses in Wayne County.
"When you look at the numbers, the economic case for inclusion and welcoming immigrants is irrefutable - Wayne County continues to benefit from its diversity dividend," said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. "As we try to build a more prosperous county and future, we need to help raise awareness about the key roles immigrants play across economic sectors and in our communities."
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