The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. It’s been that way since its founding, and it continues to this day, as foreign-born citizens account for a significant number of the more than 300 million Americans. Indeed, the U.S. is home to more than one-fifth of the world’s total immigrant population, according to the Migration Policy Institute.
The first thing you notice when you meet Dharani Ramamoorthy is that he is nearly always smiling. Words flow forth feverishly from the smile that’s permanently affixed to Ramamoorthy’s visage—whether he’s talking about how he ended up settling in the Upper Midwest, or how he cherishes the opportunities that he’s been afforded in the United States.
In America’s start-up culture, immigrants play a vital role in launching and sustaining new companies. But the broken U.S. immigration system is stifling that dynamic—an ominous sign for the nation’s ability to compete on the global stage.
America is a nation founded by the newly arrived. Lured by the promise of opportunity, immigrants have given their energy and entrepreneurial acumen, becoming part of the fabric of the American economy.
Washington lawmakers are scheduled to bolt out of town later this month for their annual monthlong winter recess, marking the end of another year of missed opportunities.
Congress and the administration failed to bring closure to several pieces of business that would spark economic growth and job creation, while alleviating growing uncertainty in the business community. Here are Washington’s top five biggest failures in 2013, in no particular order:
Despite many studies and detailed economic reports outlining the positive effects of immigration, a great deal of misinformation is being peddled by opponents of immigration reform.
The following myths and facts show that immigrants significantly benefit the U.S. economy by creating jobs, increasing wages, and complementing the skills of the U.S. native-born workforce.
MYTH: Every job filled by an immigrant is a job that could be filled by an unemployed American.
CEOs, government officials, and issue experts gathered this week in Washington, D.C. at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council, where immigration reform, IT procurement, protecting America’s credit, and economic uncertainty highlighted the discussions. Here are four key quotes from the event:
President Obama on getting immigration reform through the House of Representatives:
Americans have always taken pride in the fact that the United States is widely viewed as a desirable destination for strivers and dreamers around the world. Which is why it was disconcerting to see a recent Gallup poll revealing that 77% of individuals seeking to move to another country would prefer other nations over the United States.
But the United States remains a top draw for at least one group: foreign students seeking educational opportunities.