Sunday, April 04, 2010

Immigrants Have Always Fueled This Country

Thomas Friedman’s op-ed in the NYT’s makes an excellent argument for both immigration reform and job creation.  While the salvaging some major employers kept us from slipping deeper into recession, the established employers aren’t the businesses that generated great job growth over the 25 years up to 2005.friedman-ts-190

The jobs were created by new business start-ups, often fueled by what Friedman calls high I-Q risk takers like many we have here in Durham both at Duke University and North Carolina Central University.

Mr. Friedman makes a great argument for innovative changes in immigration that keep those students here after graduation.  It is also why what Durham native Christopher Gergen is doing with Bull City Forward to stimulate even greater evolution of social entrepreneurs, is right on target.

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