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How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Move the U.S. Economy Forward

Written by on May 6, 2015 in Business, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Move the U.S. Economy Forward

This week, National Small Business Week, which has occurred each year since 1963, recognizes the contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners in the United States. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, which SBA defines as an independent business having […]

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White House Task Force Unveils Federal Immigrant Integration Recommendations

Written by on April 20, 2015 in Administration, Integration with 1 Comment
White House Task Force Unveils Federal Immigrant Integration Recommendations

In cities and states across the country, there has been growing momentum towards building better immigrant and refugee integration programs . Yet there hasn’t been an official federal immigrant integration strategy until now. Last week, the White House Task Force on New Americans—an interagency effort to develop a coordinated federal strategy to better integrate newcomers […]

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How Inaction on Immigration Impacts the Agricultural Economy

Written by on April 1, 2015 in AgWorkers, Economics with 0 Comments
How Inaction on Immigration Impacts the Agricultural Economy

Due to its geographic diversity and natural resource abundance, the United States is one of the world’s leading agricultural producers and suppliers. Indeed, the $374 billion U.S. agriculture sector is critical to the U.S. economy, but its health depends on a functioning immigration system. From migrant workers on farms, to foreign-born scientists at agribusiness and […]

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Charlotte, NC Capitalizing on the Benefits of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Written by on March 25, 2015 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Integration with 0 Comments
Charlotte, NC Capitalizing on the Benefits of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Charlotte, North Carolina, like many southern metropolitan areas, has grown rapidly in recent decades. In 2013, when Charlotte declared itself a “welcoming city,” one in ten residents (10.1 percent) in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill metropolitan area were foreign-born, while one-third (32.6 percent) of “Main Street” business owners were foreign-born. “Main Street” businesses are the shops and […]

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How Small Business Immigrant Entrepreneurship Can Boost Economic Growth

Written by on March 11, 2015 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
How Small Business Immigrant Entrepreneurship Can Boost Economic Growth

Why is it important for places and organizations to connect the dots of immigrant entrepreneurship and local neighborhood economic growth? “Wherever you find immigrant growth you’ll find entrepreneurship. Some of the storefront businesses [in Iowa, for example…] would not be there without immigrant entrepreneurs,” Iowa State University researcher Sandra Burkesaid. In the Miami metropolitan area, […]

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Groups Recommend How the White House Could Boost Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Groups Recommend How the White House Could Boost Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Immigrant entrepreneurs and small business owners contribute to local economies, often forming the backbone of neighborhoods. As part of his November announcement on immigration executive action, President Obama signed a presidential memorandum that creates a White House Task Force on New Americans to explore ways to strengthen federal immigrant and refugee integration. The task force […]

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Dozens of Mayors File Brief in Support of Immigration Executive Action

Written by on January 27, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Dozens of Mayors File Brief in Support of Immigration Executive Action

Mayors from 33 cities, along with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities, filed an amicus brief on Monday in the Texas v. United States lawsuit that challenges President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Interestingly, a number of cities that have signed on to the brief supporting the administration’s action are […]

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Bring Vitality to Main Street, Help Local Economies Grow

Written by on January 16, 2015 in Business, Entrepreneurship, Integration with 2 Comments
Immigrant Entrepreneurs Bring Vitality to Main Street, Help Local Economies Grow

Midtown Global Market, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a place where vendors hawk fresh produce, baked goods, coffee and espressos, and arts and jewelry. And as its more than 40 different businesses represent people from five continents, the market is one example of how a city can cultivate the entrepreneurial potential of immigrants. Midtown Global Market […]

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The Cost of Citizenship is a Barrier for Some Immigrants

Written by on January 9, 2015 in Demographics, Integration with 3 Comments
The Cost of Citizenship is a Barrier for Some Immigrants

Of the 13.3 million legal permanent residents (LPRs) in the United States, 8.8 million are currently eligible for citizenship. Many, however, are not making the leap from legal permanent resident status to citizen. The number of those naturalizing has been less than 800,000 for the past five consecutive years, and in 2013, a mere 8.9 […]

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Cities in States Suing Over Executive Action Are Welcoming Immigrants

Cities in States Suing Over Executive Action Are Welcoming Immigrants

Half of the states have joined a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action on immigration, the latest being Tennessee. Yet leadership of cities across the nation support the administration’s actions—even those within states whose governors and attorneys general are suing to stop it. What explains the disconnect? It seems the higher-up the elected official, the […]

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