Business forum: How immigration can create jobs

  • Article by: HUBERT JOLY
  • Updated: June 17, 2012 - 7:43 PM

Many of our state's largest companies were founded by immigrants. So why aren't we more welcoming?

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LiberalOne46Jun. 17, 12 8:25 PM

What a nothing article. Cargill, Hormel, and Curt Carlson's parents came to America in the late 1800's. There were few people here then, so anyone that was successful was probably an immigrant. What relevance to today? None.

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wndwmkrJun. 18, 12 7:34 AM

The Obama propaganda machine runs almost as good as Stalin's. Get 800,000 illegal immigrants to stay and the liberal press digs up how great immigrants were to this country. Perhaps a mention should have been made that these immigrants also had to make it on their own without government handouts and freebies. Also a key part should have been included - all the immigrants mentioned came to this country legally!!

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rickbmnJun. 18, 12 7:59 AM

wndwmkr has it right: The STRIB conveniently (and quite obviously) left out that all the mentioned people and/or their parents came here LEGALLY. I have yet to hear any Conservative denounce LEGAL immigration. In fact, everyone I've heard speak or whose words I've read are in favor of legal immigration. What we oppose is ILLEGAL immigration. The STRIB through nuance and omission (just like the Libs) want to blend ALL immigration into one as if illegal immigration is on par with legal immigration. OK STRIB: How about doing a REAL journalistic piece? Do some real investigation and show us the TRUE cost of illegal immigration. I dare you.

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willmarresJun. 18, 12 8:22 AM

This article is about LEGAL immigration and the first three comments made an illogical jump to illegal immigration. The writer is talking about creating a system that encourages the worlds best talent to join us. Canada and the England want them and they make it easy for immigrants who want to start a business on their soil. Even Chile has incentives for entrepreneurs with an idea and a dream. Why now does the U.S. recoil at the thought of encouraging talent from abroad?

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oimmigrationJun. 18, 12 8:50 AM

Sorry, I dont buy it. This country has been going downhill fast since we liberalized our immigration laws in 1965. You're talking about the past when America was young, vibrant and growing, when we really invested in America. America is a mature country today and in decline, and we no longer invest in America. The only reason you want more immigration is so you can depress US wages,and make fatter profits. Thats the real reason for this article. And using tired old arguments for more immigration. Its not going to work and it has not worked since 1965 thanks to Ted Kennedy. Protectionism and less immigration is really what America needs now.

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LiberalOne46Jun. 18, 12 9:16 AM

The Partnership for a New American Economy has among other goals to pursue legislation to create "a path to legal status for ALL undocumented iimmigrants". I am certain their surveys are very objective.

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willmarresJun. 18, 12 9:22 AM

Can we agree that legal immigration is a good thing? Thumbs up= yes. Thumbs down=no.

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oimmigrationJun. 18, 12 9:31 AM

The only way America can compete with low wage countries like China and India, is to lower our standard of living, and/or increase our population to a billion or more people by immigration. Who wants that?? I dont. Or, we can use tariffs or tax imports. Its your choice America.

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swatisedJun. 18, 1210:06 AM

Quota limits on the H1 Visa Program are the single most idiotic and anti-American business policies we have in place. After letting the worlds best and brightest come to the United States to become experts (PhD and more) in the hard sciences ( computer, engineering, physics, materials, math, chemistry, biology, medicine, etc, etc, etc. ) we force them to leave the country. What do those highly skilled "doctors" do when then are denied an H1-Visa to stay here working for a US company ?????? They go back to Pakistan, India, China, South America, Canada, Europe, and the compete against the USA. there's your immigration problem. fix that first - its cheap, fast and the ROI is huge.

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willmarresJun. 18, 1210:21 AM

Most of the new businesses in my community have been started by recent immigrants. The old Main Street would be desolate were it not for these businesses and the employment they bring.

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