Immigrants Voices

June 8, 2018. In this article by Edwin López Moya, he brings research on immigrants to life by outlining major research findings and providing stories of immigrants from Philadelphia who amplify the story the research is telling. He cites FPI’s report on immigrant entrepreneurship, “Bringing Vitality to Main Street: How Immigrants Small Businesses Help Local Economies Grow.”

With that premise in mind, a group of Dreamers created a campaign four years ago with one simple message: “Welcome to the U.S.” Since then, the country added one more heritage celebration to the calendar: that of the foreigner.

There is no better time than Immigrant Heritage Month to take a look at the numbers and put into perspective the experience of millions of people that contribute to this country, at times anonymously, often without recompense and recognition, receiving only the scorn and prejudice of other Americans in return.

A recent report by the Fiscal Policy Institute concluded that immigrants are 16 percent of the U.S. labor force and 18 percent of businesses owners.

“This differential of two percentage points means immigrants are about 10 to 15 percent more likely to be business owners than their U.S.-born counterparts,” says the FPI study “Bringing Vitality to Main Street: How Immigrants Small Businesses Help Local Economies Grow”.

Here is the link to Al Dia.

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