Entrepreneur creates jobs for Americans, loses visa

"Last year, Amit Aharoni, an Israeli national and a graduate of Stanford Business School, secured $1.65 million in venture capital funding with two cofounders to launch CruiseWise.com , an online cruise booking company. Business Insider ranked the company, which is set to launch its website...

Immigrant Entrepreneur Gets Visa After 'World News' Story

"On Tuesday "World News" shared the story of Amit Aharoni , an Israeli national and a graduate of Stanford Business School, who secured $1.65 million in venture capital funding with two cofounders to launch CruiseWise.com , an online cruise booking company. The company hired nine...

Immigrants' successes in business to be highlighted

"Some come to America with nothing but a backpack and a dream. Others are second generation, the children of immigrant parents straddling a cultural gap. On Nov. 12, the fourth annual Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit will be held in Des Moines. The gathering of more than 700 participants from...

Jobs Americans won't take

"Skinning, gutting, and cutting up catfish is not easy or pleasant work. No one knows this better than Randy Rhodes, president of Harvest Select, which has a processing plant in impoverished Uniontown, Ala. For years, Rhodes has had trouble finding Americans willing to grab a knife and stand...

Angelo on Obama, jobs, vegetables

"Imagine if he looked back among the weapons of his and every American boy's childhood and pulled out his lowly pea shooter . Rather than appease , he could shoot peas -- fresh green orbs of power in the form of executive orders that he alone propels from the White House. No more appeasement...

Immigrant Founders and Key Personnel in America’s 50 Top Venture-Funded Companies

"Immigrants are increasingly important in driving growth and innovation in America, as evidenced by the role played by foreign-born founders and key personnel in the nation’s breakthrough companies. Immigrants have started nearly half of America’s 50 top venture-funded companies and...

America’s Tradition of Rewarding Talent: The Case For an Immigrant Entrepreneur Visa

"Startup businesses are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, introducing new ideas and innovations, and bringing competition that can improve productivity, aid consumers and provide new opportunities for both investors and workers. However, U.S. immigration policy does not look kindly on foreign nationals...

White House touting tourism for jobs

"To boost international tourism, the Obama administration will focus on drawing more visitors from developing countries with fast-growing middle-class travelers, notably Brazil, China and India, White House officials said. Obama directed the State Department to speed up the processing of ...

We Can’t Wait: President Obama Takes Actions to Increase Travel and Tourism in the United States

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 19, 2012 We Can’t Wait: President Obama Takes Actions to Increase Travel and Tourism in the United States This morning, President Obama will sign an Executive Order and announce new initiatives...

Alabama immigration crackdown costing state billions: study

"Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigrants, widely seen as the toughest in the United States, could cost the state's economy up to $10.8 billion, according to a new study . The Alabama law, passed in June, requires police to detain people they suspect of being in the U...

Alabama's Job-Killing Immigration Law

"Alabama’s harsh immigration law has stirred controversy since it went into effect in September. The statute, which among other things requires police to question people they suspect of being in the U.S. illegally, has prompted thousands of immigrants to flee the state. The law’s...

The Great Overseas Jobs Creator

"...We now need one US Senator to simply let the issue run its course. Mr. Grassley should not be demonized for his position on business based immigration policies, nor should this debate be any more acerbic than in previous years. He is, of course, entitled to his opinions on these issues...

VSC to Add 150 New Jobs

"More than 150 new federal jobs are coming to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration and Service (USCIS) Service Center. Dan Renaud, head of the Vermont Service Center, which has offices in St. Albans and Essex, said the additional full-time positions are part of a regular re-evaluation of staffing...

An I-9 Lawyer's Lament

"I love my job. And I help my clients save boatloads of money by providing training and completing audits of their I-9s. But it is hard – extraordinarily difficult sometimes – to know that instead of helping the migrant farmworkers, the cooks, the factory workers, the housekeepers...

Immigration Reprieve Could Bring Thousands of New Workers to Payrolls

"As thousands of young [unauthorized] immigrants consider openly applying for work permits under a new Obama administration directive, they dream of jobs they could never find in the shadows. Eduardo Ruiz, of San Jose, has worked in a South Bay market since he was a teenager, but the trained artist...

Steve Case: Want More Jobs? Let In More Immigrants!

"For a country trying to recover from the deepest recession in generations, we're undermining our economic competitiveness when we make it harder, not easier, for talented immigrants to stay here and contribute to our economy. This has to change." - Steve Case, Sept. 12, 2012 . Steve Case...

Supply and Demand

"Now obviously 'more immigrants = more prosperity' isn't a completely accurate blanket rule. You don't want to let in criminals. There are probably a lot of very nice Salvadoran great-grandmas out there who despite being fine people are at this point too old to be making meaningful...

America's Brain Drain: Does Washington Care?

"Much of the wound is self-inflicted, created by quotas and other restrictions that have made it increasingly difficult for talented immigrants to remain in the United States. How much harder is it? Vivek writes that when he moved to the United States in 1980 after graduating from the University...

Immigrants Did Not Take Your Job

"Mark Krikorian, executive director of the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and author of the book The New Case Against Immigration: Both Illegal and Legal , criticized a remark I made to Washington Times reporter Stephen Dinan about a new CIS memo. The memo, which can be found...

Visa Caps Force Qualified Immigrants Out

"Because of annual caps on the number of work visas issued, thousands of immigrants with advanced degrees annually face the prospect of being forced to leave the U.S. It’s a situation that has existed for years and has not yet been resolved by Congress." - Jens Manuel Krogstad, Jan. 9...

Immigrants With Right Skills Ride U.S. Hiring Wave

"The labor market is healing faster for immigrants than for U.S.-born workers as the growing economy favors those at the low and high ends of the pay scale. Joblessness among those born outside the U.S. averaged 8.1 percent in 2012, down from 9.7 percent three years earlier, according to Labor Department...

H-1B visas produce net IT job boost, trade group says

"The high-tech industry contends that Congress' failure to raise the cap on H-1B visas is costing the U.S. an opportunity to create a new job every 43 seconds. To make its point, Compete America, which represents many major high-tech firms on immigration issues, has built a calculator that ticks...

Immigration Helps American Workers: The Definitive Argument

"[R]esults support the admittedly counterintuitive notion that -- as long as labor markets remain flexible -- immigration actually creates more jobs and can push up wages for native-born workers . Here are the main reasons why that's true." - Lydia DePillis, Washington Post WonkBlog, May...

Closing Economic Windows: How H-1B Visa Denials Cost U.S.-Born Tech Workers Jobs and Wages During the Great Recession

"The results of our analysis are clear. Cities whose employers faced large numbers of denials in the H-1B visa lotteries experienced considerably less job creation and wage growth for American-born computer workers in the two years that followed. Denying H-1B visas didn’t help the economies...

Immigration Reform Advocates Hit The Hill With Studies

"Eager to revive House GOP interest in immigration reform before the August congressional recess, advocates for reform put out a slew of new studies Thursday. One posits that the short supply of H-1B temporary workers negatively affects tech job creation and wage growth for American workers, even...