“I’m also not the only immigrant I know who has launched a business and created jobs – a number of former employees of SOAL Technologies have started their own businesses, and there are nearly 400,000 foreign-born entrepreneurs in Texas alone. In fact, immigrants are almost twice as likely as U.S. natives to be entrepreneurs. And businesses owned by Asian immigrants create millions of jobs, employing 3.5 million workers in the U.S. in 2016.
Losing this job creation, plus the skills of talented immigrants in STEM fields makes no sense. I worry that if we don’t do something, more jobs in the tech industry will be outsourced to other countries. This would not only hurt job growth and the economy, but we’d forfeit the valuable tax revenue from these workers.
This is not the business atmosphere we’re known for in America. Let’s encourage a smoother path for immigrants to work and contribute. In doing so, we’ll see more job creation, innovation, and competitiveness in the global marketplace. That’s something every American should be able to get behind.”
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