Immigrant entrepreneurs are doing great things in America today. Lebanese born Dr. Charles Elachi is the Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and his team just sent a rover to Mars. Russian born Sergey Brin is the co-founder of Google. In fact, a 2011 study found that 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants. But immigrants don’t only contribute by founding tech companies and sending vehicles to Mars. Right now they are contributing by harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables, maintaining facilities, cooking in kitchens, building American infrastructure and caring for children and the elderly. In communities around the country they are opening grocery stores and starting small businesses. Immigrant entrepreneurs are contributing at every level of our economy in a way that impacts every single American.
“I don’t like the word immigrant, I like the word talent…immigration is not just a problem, it is an opportunity,” noted Case. That is how we must think of immigration: as an opportunity to drive our economy forward with the help of hard-working, innovative people from around the world. As America embarks on the road to a new immigration system we need to remember that we are a start-up nation and we must make it our goal to attract and retain the very brightest and hardest working people in the world regardless of where they were born.
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