Nov 27

Immigrants Don’t Start More Businesses

The New York Times on November 2nd ran a column by Harvard Business School Professor Thomas McGraw claiming that immigrants are better than American natives at innovation and creating new businesses as entrepreneurs. He stated in his column that “our overly complex immigration law . . . endangers our tradition of entrepreneurship.”

Fact Check: McGraw builds his case by citing examples of innovative immigrants who created new businesses in the U.S. But he builds his case on various speculations as to why immigrants allegedly have these superior talents, rather than statistical analysis.

A good source of relevant statistics, noted the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, is the March 2011 Current Population Survey conducted by the Census Bureau. It found that native-born Americans, on average, have a slightly higher level of self-employment than immigrants. The percentage of the former is 11.7 percent, compared with 11.5 percent for the latter. Both self-employed groups earn approximately the same income.

The impression that immigrants generally are more likely to start and maintain businesses probably derives from the fact that certain groups of immigrants, but not all, are highly entrepreneurial. The top four countries of their origin are 1) Korea(26 percent self-employed) 2) Canada (23.2 percent self-employed) 3) United Kingdom (16.9 percent self-employed) 4) Russia (16.9 percent self-employed).

U.S.immigration policy, however, significantly discriminates against immigrants from these countries due to its reliance on family connections of immigrant applicants to previous immigrants as the leading criterion for admission. Immigrants from the four leading countries of origin during the past decade all have rates of self-employment lower than those of U.S.natives. Those countries are Mexico (8.9 percent self-employed), China 9.2 percent self-employed), India (9.9 percent self-employed) and the Philippines (5.8 percent self-employed).

On average, legal immigrants today are less skilled and educated than native-born Americans, and they are proportionately more likely to receive public assistance. Current immigration policy does not focus on admitting the most able people to contribute to our economy.

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Nov 27

MA In-State Tuition for Illegals Faces Opposition

The decision of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to permit in-state tuition for illegal aliens is drawing strong opposition from a number of lawmakers. Under Deval’s edict, illegal aliens who receive legal status under the Obama Administration’s amnesty can pay in-state rates at the state’s colleges. The opponents object that Deval’s action was without legislative approval and that it discriminates against legal residents from other states.

Read more at The Lowell Sun 


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Nov 27

Study: Hispanics Fit Democrat Voter Profile

Stung by their election defeat, Republicans are eager to try to woo Hispanic  voters, arguing that once their party puts immigration reform behind them, the  ethnic group will be open to the GOP’s  conservative message.

But an analysis of economic and social data suggests that even outside of  immigration, native-born Hispanics, who make up the vast majority of such voters  in the U.S., have far higher rates of welfare use, single-parent households and  low tax liabilities — all factors that usually indicate a better fit with the Democratic Party than with Republicans.

One in 5 households headed by U.S.-born Hispanics are in poverty, compared  with just 10 percent of non-Hispanic U.S.-born white households, and 40 percent  of the Hispanic households use at least one major welfare program — twice the  rate of white households.

They are only half as likely to be self-employed, and 50 percent of their  households with children are single-mother homes, compared with just 29 percent  of native-born white homes.

Read more at the Washington Times

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Nov 27

Kobach Predicts Kansas Will Pass Immigration Law

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicts that his state next year will pass legislation to curtail illegal immigration. Kobach, who has assisted the passage of immigration laws in other states, said “There will be some action taken on immigration.” Two key Republican lawmakers who blocked immigration laws in the past won’t be in the Legislature next year.  

Read More at The Lawrence Journal World.

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Nov 21

Smith Bill Would Replace ‘Diversity Visa’ Lottery

From The Hill:

A bill from Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) that’s aimed at boosting the number of green cards available to foreign graduates with advanced technical degrees from U.S. universities is expected to be voted on again in the House next Friday, according to industry sources.

The bill, the STEM Jobs Act, was voted on under suspension of the rules this fall, but failed to secure the two-thirds support needed in the House to pass. This time around, the bill is set to be brought up under regular order and likely win the majority vote needed to clear the lower chamber.

 The House is expected to consider a revised version of Smith’s bill that includes a new provision that would allow spouses and minor children of legal permanent residents to come to the U.S. to wait for their green cards, but they will not receive authorization to work, according to an industry source.
A spokesman for Smith could not be reached for comment.
The STEM Jobs Act proposes to reallocate 55,000 green cards to foreign-born graduates with advanced science, math, tech and engineering (STEM) degrees from U.S. universities by eliminating the diversity visa program.

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Nov 21

Illinois Pols Move to Grant Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens

Illinois’ top leaders said Tuesday that they will push to issue driver’s  licenses to illegal immigrants — testing federal strictures and becoming the  latest sign that the pendulum has swung away from Arizona-style crackdowns and  toward those pursuing a softer line on immigration.

Surrounded by Republicans and Democrats at a news conference, state Senate  President John Cullerton said he will try  to pass legislation in the coming weeks, and Gov.  Pat Quinn said he will sign it if it reaches his desk.

“This is a safety issue that impacts every driver in Illinois, and we should  join together to take swift action to save lives,” said Mr.  Quinn, a Democrat. “Making sure all motorists, regardless of their  background, are licensed and insured will drive economic growth and ease the  financial burden on all Illinois motorists.”

The move represents the first major backtrack by a state since the aftermath  of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks nearly a decade ago, when the hijackers used  licenses, often obtained by fraud, to board the airplanes they used to target  the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and, potentially, the U.S. Capitol or White House.

Read more at the Washington Times here.

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Nov 20

Amnesty Approvals Rise Sharply

Of the 309,000 illegal aliens in the Dream Act category who have applied for the Obama Administration’s unilateral amnesty, 53,273 have been approved. Last month the total of approvals was only 4,591. Presidential contender Mitt Romney had promised to end the program, while allowing those approved to keep their status, if he had been elected.

Read more from New York Times here.  

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Nov 19

Amnesty Won’t Help Republicans Win Elections

Following the loss of Mitt Romney to President Obama, numerous pundits began claiming that “the Hispanic vote” sank Romney, and that henceforth the only way Republicans can win elections is to endorse amnesty for illegal aliens. One was columnist Charles Krauthammer who stated, “The principle reason [Hispanics] go Democratic is the issue of illegal immigrants. In securing the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney made the strategic error of . . . going to the right of Rick Perry. Romney could never successfully take back.”

Fact Checker: Only 27 percent of Hispanics voted for Romney, but no evidence suggests that amnesty was the key and leading issue that motivated Hispanic voters. To illustrate, Sen. John McCain, the GOP presidential contender in 2008, was an outspoken advocate of amnesty for most of the 12 million illegal aliens living in the U.S., yet he received only 31 percent of the Hispanic vote. Continue reading

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Nov 19

Chicago Backs Driver’s Licenses for Illegals

The Chicago City Council has passed a resolution urging Illinois’ General Assembly to pass legislation requiring immigrant drivers to be trained, tested, licensed and insured.

Alderman Danny Solis says the action shows Chicago supports “sensible and reasonable legislation” to protect “Illinois highways and families.”

The resolution was approved Thursday with 28 votes.

Read more from AP here.


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Nov 19

U.S. Hispanic Poverty Rate Increasing

While Latinos are gaining in political clout, they are also falling down the  economic ladder, new Census numbers show.

Latinos poverty rates climbed to 28 percent after the census reconfigured its  algorithm to take into account medical costs and government programs. The  Hispanic poverty level rose after the government took into account safety-net  programs such as food stamps and housing, which have lower participation among  immigrants and non-English speakers.

Read more at Fox News Latino

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