Businessweek Archives

Immigrants Bring A Wealth Of Talent. Don't Cut Them Off


Readers Report

IMMIGRANTS BRING A WEALTH OF TALENT. DON'T CUT THEM OFF

In your Mar. 13 editorial, "Populism: Take the good, lose the ugly," I was surprised to see a mainstream publication such as BUSINESS WEEK write "perhaps reducing the very high level of legal immigration while the country absorbs the current wave is called for."

It is unfortunate that a pro-business journal such as yours would express such sentiments, particularly since immigrants are disproportionately entrepreneurs, scientists, and engineers.

Over one-quarter of all the advanced workers in Silicon Valley are Chinese immigrants, while 40% of the scientists in AT&T's Bell Laboratories' science wing are foreign-born. In fact, the ratio of foreign-born to native-born individuals with PhDs in engineering, from which the next wave of innovators will emerge, is now 1 to 1.

Reducing the number of legal immigrants would inhibit innovation and entrepreneurship at precisely the moment America needs them the most.

Jack Kemp

Co-chairman

Alexis de Tocqueville Institution

Arlington, Va.


Race, Class, and the Future of Ferguson
LIMITED-TIME OFFER SUBSCRIBE NOW

(enter your email)
(enter up to 5 email addresses, separated by commas)

Max 250 characters

 
blog comments powered by Disqus