Reality Check: Immigrants’ Economic, Cultural Contributions Deserve Recognition, Support

March 13, 2019. This op-ed written by  discusses how the facts about immigration state the opposite of the anti-immigrant rhetoric being spread by the federal administration. The author cites many reports that demonstrate that immigrants are business owners who create jobs, are the back bone of many industries, such as construction, house cleaners and nannies, they pay taxes and are hard workers.

According to the Fiscal Policy Institute, an independent public policy organization, small businesses created by immigrants employed 4.7 million people in 2007 and generated $776 billion in annual revenue.

And 7.5 percent of foreigners are more likely to be self-employed than the 6.6 percent native-born, according to the U.S Department of Labor. So, in reality, immigrants like me aren’t stealing Americans’ jobs.

Most of the time, field jobs are seen as below the white man, since those jobs are the most accessible for illegal immigrants and their families.

This isn’t the perspective of current U.S. President Donald Trump, who tries endlessly to decrease immigration flow by pressuring Congress to fund a wall on the southern border.

At the end of the day, we are makers; not takers.

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