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Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs Have Created Million Of Jobs For Americans
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Edited on Tue Aug-11-09 11:20 AM by AlphaCentauri
What do you see when you read the word "immigrant"?

What do you hear when the dirty "i" word is mentioned in casual conversation?

Do images of Andy Grove, a founder of Intel, or Andrew Carnegie, the founder of Carnegie Steel (later to become U.S. Steel) flash across your mind?

Probably not.

The image of immigrants most have in mind is that of an invasion of foreigners coming to take jobs, to hoard entitlements, and to sap the "American" out of the "American way."

The image of waves of immigrants climbing over a southern border fence into America takes center stage in the November 2006 segment from Lou Dobbs Tonight, titled The Cost of Illegal Immigration.

That video has been viewed more than 276,000 times on YouTube.

It was part of a Broken Borders series of reports promoted by Dobbs and by CNN as an examination of Americas immigration issues. Night after night, month after month, the celebrity journalist pounded home the point that illegal immigrants were infesting America.

Against that backdrop, some people try to discuss how immigrants can turbocharge America's clean energy industries and create millions of new jobs for Americans; how immigrants can help American companies penetrate foreign markets (where 95% of the world's consumers live), increase sales, and create more jobs at home; how immigrants can help revive post-industrial, depopulating urban centers like Cleveland and Detroit, which have world-class infrastracture and amenities, but are ill-prepared for the New Economy and are dying on the vine.

Good luck having that conversation, while the other conversation (immigrants are destroying America, etc.) plays on ad nauseum.

Immigrants need an image-makeover to bring a more rational tone to the discussion about immigration and America's future.

All foreign-born who work hard, have a strong commitment to family and education, and contribute give America a competitive advantage.

Considering the entrepreneurial and innovative capacities that New Economy immigrants have, particularly as the U.S. seeks to counter the increasing competition from China & India, high-skill and entrepreneurial immigrants who create jobs and new industries for Americans should not be ignored or marginalized. Particularly in this economy.

What is missing is a new image, and a new conversation, about immigration ---- stories about the job-creators.

Here is one such story, "10 Stocks Launched by Immigrants," Money Magazine, July, 2009:

But no matter where people stand on the immigration issue there is one thing that isn't up for debate: Foreign-born entrepreneurs have founded some of the nations biggest companies, and have been responsible for employing millions of Americans over the America," write Dan Burrows and Jason Kephart. /

The article profiles 10 public companies started by immigrants, and lists the number of American jobs these companies currently have on payroll:

Intel: 44,000 jobs
Proctor & Gamble: 40,000
Carnival Cruises: 36,500
Pfizer: 30,000
U.S. Steel: 28,680 (including Canada)
DuPont: 25,000
Google: 13,000
eBay: 10,000
Yahoo: 6,000
Nvidia: 3,000

Compared to those born in the U.S., immigrants are starting American businesses at twice the rate, according to a 2009 study by the Kauffman Foundation. The study also found that the rate of immigrant start-ups continues to climb, while the rate for American-born is relatively stagnant.

Despite comprising only 12% of the U.S. population, immigrants are increasingly earning a majority of advanced degrees from science and engineering departments at American universities.

Compared to those born in America, immigrants are filing U.S. patents at a rate of 2:1.

It is time that we begin to look at immigrants in a different way --- not as job-takers, but as job-creators.

As pioneers of the New Economy.

Maybe President Obama should ask Andy Grove, Sergey Brin, Vinod Khosla, Pierre Omidyar, Elon Musk and the other immigrant job creators and innovators, to stand with him on stage as he begins to make the case that America's future will follow its past---- in welcoming immigrant talent, innovation, entrepreneurship and investment.

This image of immigrant job-creators standing side-by-side with the President should help soften the image that many Americans have of immigrants. A broader education strategy should be employed to repeatedly convey this message.

Maybe instead of watching the "Lou Dobbs Tonight" video another hundred thousand times on YouTube, America can watch immigrant Steve Chen, the co-founder of YouTube, talk about why he loves America.

We need a new way to look at immigrants.

Americas economic and national security depends on it.

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  -Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs Have Created Million Of Jobs For Americans AlphaCentauri  Aug-11-09 11:19 AM   #0 
  - You mean the Slum Lords  FreakinDJ   Aug-11-09 11:21 AM   #1 
  - Do you have some data about immigrant Slum Lords? n/t  AlphaCentauri   Aug-11-09 11:38 AM   #3 
     - No - just plenty of experience  FreakinDJ   Aug-11-09 01:06 PM   #10 
        - wow, an anonymous Internet forum poster said so. I'm reeeeally convinced that  ima_sinnic   Aug-12-09 05:15 AM   #56 
  - Immigration isn't the problem  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 11:35 AM   #2 
  - Bingo. n/t  OhioChick   Aug-11-09 11:39 AM   #4 
  - The only problem is that many take the simplistic approach to blame immigrants  AlphaCentauri   Aug-11-09 11:41 AM   #5 
  - Yes, and they also see pro-immigration people in bed with the corporations  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 11:55 AM   #6 
     - Immigrant activist don't have a TV show to express their concerns  AlphaCentauri   Aug-11-09 12:16 PM   #7 
        - That would require pro-immigration activists to stop using corporate talking points  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 12:20 PM   #8 
           - and the American worker to stop using the xenophobic rhetoric  AlphaCentauri   Aug-11-09 12:30 PM   #9 
              - Yes, if it's truly xenophobic rhetoric.  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 01:44 PM   #12 
                 - Interesting that I don't see too many people on DU say...  sledgehammer   Aug-11-09 02:12 PM   #14 
                 - Misdirected priorities is a very apt description  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 02:35 PM   #15 
                 - Perception is not 9/10ths of the law.  Deja Q   Aug-11-09 05:25 PM   #39 
                 - Most immigration rights activist work for the poor not for the H1B holders  AlphaCentauri   Aug-11-09 09:43 PM   #49 
                    - They are well meaning people. That is true.  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 10:29 PM   #50 
                       - The employer wants to keep the low pay and good first class labor  AlphaCentauri   Aug-11-09 10:48 PM   #51 
                          - 'low pay and good first class labor'  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 11:55 PM   #54 
  - It's truly wonderful to read posts where people actually understand the economic paradigm!  Deja Q   Aug-11-09 05:23 PM   #38 
     - Just noticed that...."Immigration Daily"  OhioChick   Aug-11-09 05:25 PM   #40 
     - I'm a subscriber to Warren Buffett's philosophy  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 06:05 PM   #46 
  - I'm sure someone will take one of those jobs.  juno jones   Aug-11-09 01:23 PM   #11 
  - Nice article, but beware the DU backlash  sledgehammer   Aug-11-09 02:05 PM   #13 
  - Most posts here are anti H1B (Indian)  varun   Aug-11-09 02:39 PM   #16 
     - Oh bullcrap.  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 02:50 PM   #18 
     - Call it a strawman if you want, but it's not  sledgehammer   Aug-11-09 03:24 PM   #22 
     - Total strawman  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 04:07 PM   #29 
        - Fair enough...but...  sledgehammer   Aug-11-09 04:27 PM   #33 
     - Thank you.  Deja Q   Aug-11-09 05:30 PM   #42 
     - No and yes  sledgehammer   Aug-11-09 03:34 PM   #25 
     - I have seen posts were people support the killers of a Mexican immigrant  AlphaCentauri   Aug-11-09 11:02 PM   #52 
        - Can you link to any?  Hello_Kitty   Aug-12-09 12:05 AM   #55 
           - check it out  AlphaCentauri   Aug-12-09 10:07 AM   #57 
              - In the first link there are a couple of people pointing out that the victim was sleeping w/a 14 yo  Hello_Kitty   Aug-12-09 10:14 AM   #58 
              - Second one: One person mentioning the victim's sexual relationship with a teen  Hello_Kitty   Aug-12-09 10:20 AM   #59 
     - Most of the articles are about IT, and the media hones in on one country.  Deja Q   Aug-11-09 05:26 PM   #41 
  - not to mention some of the brilliant scientists who were/ are immigrants  varun   Aug-11-09 02:41 PM   #17 
  - That's because the American education system has been decimated.  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 02:58 PM   #20 
     - Money is not the solution  varun   Aug-11-09 03:35 PM   #26 
     - You know that's a RW talking point, don't you? 'Money is not the solution'  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 03:58 PM   #28 
     - What's your take on improving American schools, if ours are in such a piss-poor state?  Deja Q   Aug-11-09 05:44 PM   #44 
     - Becoming a doctor doesn't get you the stature of a movie star  AlphaCentauri   Aug-11-09 11:09 PM   #53 
     - Spot-on analysis.  Deja Q   Aug-11-09 05:35 PM   #43 
  - Immigration policy is complex  kristopher   Aug-11-09 02:57 PM   #19 
     - Very well said.  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 03:06 PM   #21 
     - look into the mirror  varun   Aug-11-09 03:33 PM   #24 
        - What an utterly empty and meaningless response.  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 04:10 PM   #30 
           - He's half-right...  Deja Q   Aug-11-09 06:04 PM   #45 
              - Being anti-fraud is great  sledgehammer   Aug-11-09 08:44 PM   #48 
     - Do you know about the restrictons on a legal immigrant in US?  varun   Aug-11-09 03:32 PM   #23 
     - I'm a lot more concerned about American students having access to college  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 04:17 PM   #31 
     - You're making unwarranted assumptions  varun   Aug-11-09 04:26 PM   #32 
        - Then you of all people should know what's going on in this country  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 04:41 PM   #34 
           - I agree with everything you said about education in US  varun   Aug-11-09 04:50 PM   #35 
              - Please point to where I am blaming H-1B workers. You can't, because I didn't.  Hello_Kitty   Aug-11-09 04:55 PM   #36 
              - I've been reading this entire thread... and for this point, you are wrong.  Deja Q   Aug-11-09 06:07 PM   #47 
     - Yes I think I do.  kristopher   Aug-11-09 04:55 PM   #37 
     - You make some valid points  sledgehammer   Aug-11-09 03:55 PM   #27 

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