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North Dakota: Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Welcoming Initiatives in the Peace Garden State

In North Dakota, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries, and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute to North Dakota’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 381 new immigrant business owners in North Dakota, and in 2010, 1 percent of all business owners in North Dakota were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of $20.6 million, which is 1 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • North Dakota is home to successful companies with at least one founder who was an immigrant or child of an immigrant, including Hebron Brick Company. Founded by German immigrant Charles C. Weigel, the company employs over 50 people and brings in $2.5 million in revenue each year.

Highly skilled immigrants are vital to North Dakota’s innovation industries, which in turn helps lead American innovation and creates jobs.Read more...

Published On: Mon, Aug 19, 2013 | Download File

Kansas: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the Sunflower State

In Kansas, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute to Kansas’ economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 7,378 new immigrant business owners in Kansas and in 2010, 5.7 percent of all business owners in Kansas were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of $351 million, which is 5 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • Kansas is home to successful companies with at least one founder who was an immigrant. In 1989, Kansan Gary Burrell and Taiwan native Min Kao founded Garmin, with headquarters in Olathe, Kansas. Garmin develops consumer, aviation, and marine products with GPS (Global Positioning System) technology. The company currently employs over 9,200 people and generates over $2.7 billion in total revenue.

Highly skilled immigrants are vital to Kansas’ innovation industries, which in turn helps lead American innovation and creates jobs.Read more...

Published On: Sat, Aug 17, 2013 | Download File

Tackling the Toughest Questions on Immigration Reform

Throughout 2013, immigration reform has captured public attention. Millions of people followed S. 744 as it worked its way through committee and watched as the Senate voted 68 to 32 to pass a comprehensive immigration reform plan. In the next few months, immigration reform will be high on the list of priorities in the House of Representatives. Despite significant public support for immigration reform among members of the public in both parties, many of the most basic facts about immigrants and immigration remain misunderstood. Debunking the myths about immigration and providing short, concise answers to the often complex issues raised by the immigration debate is a challenge. Smart, thoughtful answers often take longer than the sound bites and quick retorts that the media demands today. The staff of the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) has prepared this Q&A Guide to help you get to the heart of the toughest questions on immigration. While we’ve included succinct answers to many immigration questions, more in-depth analysis, fact sheets, and data can be found on our website, www.immigrationpolicy.org.

I. The Importance of Immigration Reform

Q: Why do we need Immigration Reform?Read more...

Published On: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 | Download File

Idaho: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the Gem State

In Idaho, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to Idaho’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 4,051 new immigrant business owners in Idaho, and in 2010, 5 percent of all business owners in Idaho were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had total net business income of $192 million, which is almost 5 percent of all net business income in the state.

Highly skilled immigrants are vital to Idaho’s innovation industries, which in turn helps lead American innovation and creates jobs.Read more...

Published On: Thu, Jul 25, 2013 | Download File

An Unlikely Couple: The Similar Approaches to Border Enforcement in H.R. 1417 and S. 744

The House of Representatives and the Senate have embarked upon very different paths when it comes to immigration reform. On June 27, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill—S. 744 (the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act)—that seeks to revamp practically every dysfunctional component of the U.S. immigration system. The House leadership, on the other hand, favors a piecemeal approach in which a series of immigration bills are passed, each addressing a different aspect of the larger immigration system. To date, the most popular of these piecemeal bills has been H.R. 1417 (the Border Security Results Act), which was passed unanimously on May 15 by the House Committee on Homeland Security. H.R. 1417 is, in marked contrast to S. 744, an enforcement-only bill which does not acknowledge the existence of any other component of immigration reform.

Nevertheless, the border-enforcement provisions of S. 744 aren’t all that different from those contained within H.R. 1417. Both bills share the arbitrary and possibly unworkable goals of “operational control” (a 90 percent deterrence rate) and 100 percent “situational awareness” along the entire southwest border. The Senate bill also added insult to injury in the form of the Corker-Hoeven (“border surge”) amendment, which seeks to micromanage border-security operations and would gratuitously appropriate tens of billions of dollars in additional funding, and hire tens of thousands of additional Border Patrol agents, before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has even determined what resource and staffing levels are needed to do the job.Read more...

Published On: Wed, Jul 24, 2013 | Download File

Massachusetts: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the Bay State

In Massachusetts, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries, and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to Massachusetts’ economy. Read more...

Published On: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 | Download File

Montana: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the Treasure State

In Montana, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries, and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute to Montana’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 1,061 new immigrant business owners in Montana, and in 2010, 1.5 percent of all business owners in Montana were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of $44 million, which is 1.4 percent of all net business income in the state.

Highly skilled immigrants are vital to Montana’s innovation industries, which in turn helps lead American innovation and creates jobs.Read more...

Published On: Thu, Jul 18, 2013 | Download File

Maine: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in the Pine Tree State

In Maine, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the state’s innovation industries, and to the metropolitan areas within the state, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their communities and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to Maine’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 2,711 new immigrant business owners in Maine, and in 2010, 3.2 percent of all business owners in Maine were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of almost $120 million, which is 3.3 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • Maine is home to many successful companies with at least one founder who was an immigrant or child of an immigrant, including well-known companies such as Fairchild Semiconductor International, which employ nearly s 8,000 people and produces more than $1.5 billion in revenue.

Highly skilled immigrants are vital to Maine’s innovation industries, which in turn helps lead American innovation and creates jobs.Read more...

Published On: Mon, Jul 15, 2013 | Download File

The District of Columbia: Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Welcoming Initiatives in the Capital

In the District of Columbia, there is no doubt that immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators play an important role. Immigrant entrepreneurs bring in additional revenue, create jobs, and contribute significantly to the region’s economy. Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the district’s innovation industries, helping to boost local economies. Furthermore, local government, business, and non-profit leaders recognize the importance of immigrants in their community and support immigration through local “welcoming” and integration initiatives.

Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to the District of Columbia’s economy.

  • From 2006 to 2010, there were 4,003 new immigrant business owners in District of Columbia, and in 2010, 19.2 percent of all business owners in the District of Columbia were foreign-born.
  • In 2010, new immigrant business owners had a total net business income of $242 million, which is 10.8 percent of all net business income in the state.
  • In 2010, the foreign-born share of business owners was 33 percent in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, which includes the District of Columbia and parts of northern Virginia and Maryland.

Highly skilled immigrants are vital to the District of Columbia’s innovation industries, which in turn helps lead American innovation and creates jobs.Read more...

Published On: Thu, Jul 11, 2013 | Download File

A Guide to S.744: Understanding the 2013 Senate Immigration Bill

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What is the purpose of this guide?

The Immigration Policy Center has written this guide to provide policymakers, the media, and the public with an easy-to-understand guide to the main components of S. 744 and the purpose behind them.

The guide follows the structure of the bill, with a separate section addressing the cost-benefit analysis of S. 744, a resources page, and a glossary.

The Basics

What is S. 744?Read more...

Published On: Wed, Jul 10, 2013 | Download File