Weekend Reading: Highlights from this week’s immigration news (June 13-17)

What does it take to win? Find out in today’s Weekend Reading post.

In the Financial Times, Silicon Valley titan Michael Moritz offers a powerful argument on immigration policy and what it will take to win the White House. He writes, “the women and men of Silicon Valley welcome open borders. They are not nationalists who stir up dark memories of purges, pogroms, the 1930s, Latin-American strongmen or central African dictators. They run their companies eager to recruit the very best — whether they were born in Guadalajara or Chengdu, Hyderabad or Budapest; whether or not they worship in mosques. They do not see women as objects to be abused or demeaned. They are willing to compete with all comers — from China, Mexico or elsewhere.”

Here in New York, Sayu Bhojwani, founder of the New American Leaders Project, brought women of immigrant heritage together for a training session on how to run for public office. The New York Times reports: “It was the first all-female training for the national organization, which Ms. Bhojwani, the first commissioner of immigrant affairs under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, founded five years ago in New York. The program included only a few women who planned to run in the next year; most were considering races ranging from school board to city council sometime in the next five years. Among the participants were 12 New Yorkers, including Alejandra Sorto, 28, who escaped violence in El Salvador twice to move to Long Island and became a United States citizen last year; Shabana Sharif, 33, an Indo-Guyanese Muslim who grew up in Richmond Hill, Queens; and Amanda Farias, 26, from a large Dominican-Puerto Rican family in the South Bronx, who is planning to run for City Council next year.”

And, as the Copa America 2016 soccer tournament enters full swing, you might be interested to learn how many countries that Team USA members hail from. According to this fun feature by Univision, the United States team is one of 12 nationalities. 17 of the team’s 23 players have two passports. The United States is a nation of immigrants who work hard to achieve goals–literally!

In case you missed it:

This post kicked-off with insights from a Silicon Valley genius, so we bring you a newly released report on immigrant contributions to San José and Santa Clara County. The brief shows that Santa Clara County’s 1.9 million immigrant residents–who account for roughly 38 percent of the area’s population–positively impact the local economy through their high rates of workforce participation, large tax contributions, and spending power.

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