Immigration continues to be a catalyst for entrepreneurship in the U.S. Bloomberg News reported this month that immigrant-owned businesses employ 10% of all private sector companies. This is a remarkable figure but one that is not surprising. The University of California, Santa Cruz, reported that in 2011, immigrants started 28% of all new businesses in the U.S. despite comprising less than 13% of the population.
In recent years, the engine of economic vitality in the U.S. has been innovation and the development of new technologies. Our nation has excelled in the creation of new technologies (and the transformation of existing technologies) ranging from mobile telecommunications to software to systems and aerospace. We recognize that a significant part of this vitality has been spearheaded by highly educated foreign-born engineers and scientists. Our society has fostered growth in the migration of industrious and smart people to America, where they continue to demonstrate the ability to drive innovation, create jobs and contribute to our economy. Half of all engineers in Silicon Valley, including companies such as Google, are foreign-born.
The U.S. continues to be a melting pot of globally diverse cultures. This diversity strengthens the core of America’s economic vitality and global competitiveness.
移民仍然是美国创业的催化剂——Bloomberg新闻社的本月初报道：由移民拥有的企业占现有私营公司的10％。这是一个了不起的数字，但也不足为奇。加州大学圣克鲁兹分校于2011年报道说，尽管移民人口占全美人口不到13 ％，但其带来的新业务却占全美的28 ％。