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City Leaders Discuss Welcoming Immigrants at Global Great Lakes Convening

Written by on June 17, 2014 in Business, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
City Leaders Discuss Welcoming Immigrants at Global Great Lakes Convening

Gabriel Berumen, originally from Mexico, knows the value of immigrant-owned small businesses for local communities. He started Las Palmas, a Latino grocery store chain, in the Pittsburgh area. Now, Las Palmas has expanded to suburban communities around Pittsburgh. Berumen’s chain of grocery stores is an example of how Pittsburgh, once the heart of America’s steel [...]

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Immigration and Economic Revitalization in America’s Cities

Written by on June 2, 2014 in Business, Economics with 0 Comments
Immigration and Economic Revitalization in America’s Cities

June marks the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month, a time to gather and share inspirational stories of how the United States has been fueled by our immigrant tradition. As such, in a June 1 post in Forbes, Carl Schramm describes immigration’s historical role in American cities’ industrial growth, as well as the role immigrants continue [...]

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Foreign Workers Do Fill Critical Needs in U.S. STEM Labor Market

Written by on May 22, 2014 in Business, Economics, Myths with 0 Comments
Foreign Workers Do Fill Critical Needs in U.S. STEM Labor Market

The debate around whether there exists a scarcity of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) workers is heating up once again. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released a new report claiming there is not, in fact, a STEM worker “shortage” in the U.S., and therefore no need to invite in high-skilled foreign-born workers. The [...]

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Entrepreneurs Reaffirm Need for Immigration Reform

Written by on May 1, 2014 in Business, Congress, Entrepreneurship, Reform with 0 Comments
Entrepreneurs Reaffirm Need for Immigration Reform

From Alexander Graham Bell to Google’s Sergey Brin, immigrants have founded some of the most iconic American companies, as the Kauffman Foundation’s Dane Stangler explained. “There’s something inherently entrepreneurial about leaving your home to start a new life in another country,” Stangler said. And immigrant entrepreneurs continue to contribute today. The Kauffman Foundation recently released [...]

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How Immigration is Key to New York City’s Renaissance

Written by on April 16, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
How Immigration is Key to New York City’s Renaissance

As a gateway to the United States, New York City has long been defined by the generations of immigrants who have made it their home. In a city of 8.3 million people, more than 3.1 million—38 percent of New York City’s population—are foreign-born, according to the 2012 American Community Survey. And in the case of [...]

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Majority of U.S. Patents Granted to Foreign Individuals

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 1 Comment
Majority of U.S. Patents Granted to Foreign Individuals

The contributions of immigrants are visible in communities and industries across the nation, and as a recent article highlights, immigrants’ economic and innovative additions can be seen in the form of patent grants. More than half of all 302,948 patent grants in 2013 were to foreign individuals, including both immigrants and foreign investors. Studies about [...]

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H-1B Visa Cap for Higher Skilled Workers Maxed Out in Record Time

Written by on April 7, 2014 in Business, Employment, Visas with 1 Comment
H-1B Visa Cap for Higher Skilled Workers Maxed Out in Record Time

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday that the allotment of H-1B visas for the 2015 fiscal year, known as the H-1B visa cap, has been filled—a week after filing began. The principal temporary visa for skilled professionals, the H-1B allows U.S. companies to employ foreign professionals with at least a bachelor’s degree in a [...]

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High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Crucial to Local Economies

Written by on April 1, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Crucial to Local Economies

Recently, a growing number of cities and states have begun pursuing strategies that attract and welcome immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs in order to grow their economies. Encouraging immigrant high-tech entrepreneurship, and addressing the factors that cultivate an environment in which entrepreneurs may be more successful, is yet another avenue for growth cities may wish to [...]

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Broken H-1B Visa Program is Costing American Jobs

Written by on March 19, 2014 in Business, Employment, Visas with 0 Comments
Broken H-1B Visa Program is Costing American Jobs

Compete America, an association of high-tech companies advocating for reform of immigration policies affecting higher-skilled workers, launched a job loss calculator today estimating the numbers of American jobs lost due to the lack of H-1B visas, the primary work visa for higher-skilled workers. The calculator estimates that 500,000 new U.S. jobs could have been created [...]

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Labor Shortages Increase U.S. Reliance on Imported Foods, Harming Local Economies

Written by on March 18, 2014 in Alabama, Business, Economics with 0 Comments
Labor Shortages Increase U.S. Reliance on Imported Foods, Harming Local Economies

While U.S. consumers increasingly seek out locally grown produce in grocery stores and farmers markets, imported fruits and vegetables are making up a growing share of the produce consumed in the United States. U.S. agricultural production is out of alignment with the demands of consumers and one problem is the difficulty in finding skilled farm [...]

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