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Wanted: Great STEM...and Tandoori Chicken

March 04, 2013 (1 min read)

"Reforming a broken system, which includes legalizing the 10 million plus undocumented immigrants in the US, as well as providing quicker and more sensible pathways to legal status, could unleash even greater wealth.  Immigrants of all stripes are essentially very entrepreneurial.  An undocumented person who is provided legal status can also start a business and this individual need not be a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) graduate.  Even a non-technology company can create jobs such as a restaurant or grocery chain.  Immigration should not be viewed as a zero sum game, and giving opportunities to foreign nationals in the US can result in more American jobs.  Under our broken system, it is virtually impossible for an entrepreneur who wishes to start a North Indian cuisine restaurant to bring in a foreign national tandoori chef.  A reformed immigration system should hopefully give this entrepreneur access to such a chef from India.  A restaurant’s success is possible because of its chef, and when that great tandoori chef can be quickly hired from India, people will start coming to the restaurant resulting in the hiring of restaurant managers and waiters locally in the US.  This restaurant’s success can then be replicated, and the entrepreneur can develop a branded chain of tandoori restaurants all over the US, resulting in many more jobs locally." - Gary Endelman and Cyrus D. Mehta, Mar. 4, 2013.