CNN: Want jobs? Encourage immigration

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    Nov 28, 2011 12:25 AM GMT
    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/25/opinion/wilkinson-jobs-immigration/index.html

    If we want to create jobs in America, we must welcome foreign-born innovators. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of immigrant entrepreneurs yearning to breathe free": This is the message we need Lady Liberty to shine forth into the world.

    Yet Ellis Island has put up a velvet rope line. To vital job generators, we are saying, "There's no room for you."

    Inviting immigrants in to create jobs may seem counterintuitive, but the facts are clear. Immigrant-led innovation is key to creating U.S. jobs. According to statistics from Partnership for a New American Economy, 40% of Fortune 500 companies were created by immigrants or their children. Further, between 1995 and 2005, 25% of high-tech startups in the United States had at least one immigrant founder, and these companies have created more than 450,000 jobs.

    Take Google. Russian-born Sergey Brin, together with U.S.-born Larry Page, built a search engine business that today employs 31,300 people. French-born eBay founder Pierre Omidyar cultivated 17,700 jobs, and Taiwanese-born Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo, paved the way for today's 13,700 Yahoo employees.

    Current U.S. visa policy, however, is thwarting would-be job generators from pursuing their aims within our borders. We cannot afford to expel these vital individuals.

    Consider the case of Amit Aharoni, a Stanford Business School graduate. Despite having raised $1.65 million in venture capital and created nine jobs at his San Francisco startup CruiseWise.com, Aharoni, an Israeli national, received a letter from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services denying his request for a visa. Not only that, the letter informed Aharoni that he had to leave the country immediately.

    Relocating to Canada in October, Aharoni continued to conduct business meetings using Skype. Only after ABC "World News" made public his predicament did the U.S. agency reconsider and approve his visa petition.

    This is good news for Aharoni and CruiseWise.com, but we must wonder: Whom else are we sending away?

    "We want your talent" should be our slogan. Come and build your businesses in the United States. Don't move to Bangalore or Shanghai or Dubai or Moscow. Don't go to Istanbul or Shenzhen or Sao Paulo when we need you in the emerging markets of our own country in places like Detroit, Buffalo and Cleveland. The point is that immigrant entrepreneurs create jobs, and our top priority should be to foster innovation ecosystems at home.
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    Nov 28, 2011 2:19 AM GMT
    Too bad Republicans hate the foreigners!
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    Immigration is fine as long as they don't come from Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, or the Middle East icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:18 PM GMT
    I thought it was obvious though; they didn't need a news report on a economics truth...
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:26 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidImmigration is fine as long as they don't come from Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, or the Middle East icon_rolleyes.gif


    Those are specifically the kinds of places (minus Eastern Europe) that the USA HAS encouraged immigration from and where the bulk of them are from. There are very few immigrants that have been coming from Europe in the last few decades. Your ridiculous comment notwithstanding.
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    Nov 28, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    mocktwinkie said
    pocketnico saidImmigration is fine as long as they don't come from Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, or the Middle East icon_rolleyes.gif


    Those are specifically the kinds of places (minus Eastern Europe) that the USA HAS encouraged immigration from and where the bulk of them are from. There are very few immigrants that have been coming from Europe in the last few decades. Your ridiculous comment notwithstanding.


    Whoa, jumping the gun there, mister. My post was meant to be sarcastic. Hence that particular emoticon at the end.
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    Nov 28, 2011 7:17 PM GMT
    pocketnico said
    mocktwinkie said
    pocketnico saidImmigration is fine as long as they don't come from Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, or the Middle East icon_rolleyes.gif


    Those are specifically the kinds of places (minus Eastern Europe) that the USA HAS encouraged immigration from and where the bulk of them are from. There are very few immigrants that have been coming from Europe in the last few decades. Your ridiculous comment notwithstanding.


    Whoa, jumping the gun there, mister. My post was meant to be sarcastic. Hence that particular emoticon at the end.


    I know you were trying to be sarcastic, but given that the whole attitude of the USA on immigration is completely opposite of what you're making fun of just seemed to make the whole thing really lame.
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    Nov 28, 2011 7:21 PM GMT
    Well, I guess you can be grateful that you aren't an immigrant of any place.
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    Nov 28, 2011 7:29 PM GMT
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    mocktwinkie said
    pocketnico saidImmigration is fine as long as they don't come from Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, or the Middle East icon_rolleyes.gif


    Those are specifically the kinds of places (minus Eastern Europe) that the USA HAS encouraged immigration from and where the bulk of them are from. There are very few immigrants that have been coming from Europe in the last few decades. Your ridiculous comment notwithstanding.


    Actually, he has a point. Recently a Chinese delegation visited Las Vegas to discuss an increase in flights between the two cities. The delegation had to leave half of their members behind in China due to USCIS not approving visitor visas for these people. This was a trip specifically designed to improve the tourism economy of Las Vegas and the idiotic visa officers at the embassy in China wouldn't approve half the visas.

    Please google:

    "Administrative Processing" visa

    and you'll read the horror stories from the poor souls in Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East who are legitimately, legally, trying to come to the USA to work or live with their spouse and for no reason whatsoever they are placed in "Administrative Processing" for years.

    It's sad and outrageous.


    Haha, you can't help but be suspicious of some women from Eastern Europe trying to come here for legitimate reasons though icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 28, 2011 7:37 PM GMT
    It's tough. Some of the people I work with and translate for haven't had the most pleasant immigration experiences despite doing everything possible to reside here legally. I honestly feel for them because they went through quite a bit of shit to get here despite being very valuable.