“No Irish Need Apply” Couldn’t Stop Them

March 12, 2013. A Fox News online opinion piece linking immigration reform to St. Patrick’s Day.

The Fiscal Policy Institute analyzed data from U.S. Census’ American Community Survey and found that 18% of small businesses in the U.S. are owned by immigrants, up from 12% in 1990.  The latest census figures available show that immigrants comprise 13% of the U.S. population and that the majority of these small business owners do not have college degrees.  In New York, 36% of small businesses are owned by immigrants, including myself.  Miami and Los Angeles have the highest share of immigrant-owned businesses.