Video: America's Great Job Creators - Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Research by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation reveals that immigrants founded companies at greater rates than native-born Americans, and they are disproportionately successful at starting high-tech firms.
In the video below, U.S. company founders from Korea, Russia, India and other countries share the potential benefits of expanding the number of green cards so more immigrant entrepreneurs can create companies and jobs in the United States. The immigrant U.S. company founders argue that Immigrants help create more jobs than they take from native-born Americans.
Huge visa backlogs and complicated visa are forcing some of these high-skilled immigrants to return to their home countries and start high-growth companies there, companies that they could have started in the United States if they were granted visas.
“The entrepreneurs in the videos express the hope and passion of thousands of immigrants who are capable of bringing innovations and, ultimately jobs, to the United States but cannot get visas to do so. We are losing vital economic fuel by turning these talented innovators away,” says Robert E. Litan, vice president of research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation.