Immigration made U.S. world’s best startup

The Fresno Bee

Immigration is pure entrepreneurship. You leave behind everything familiar to start somewhere new. To succeed, you need to develop alliances. You must acquire skills. You will have to improvise on occasion. It’s a bold proposition.

Immigration is also fundamental to the U.S. national identity — as the Senate acknowledged with passage of its reform bill. Our nation’s founders, determined to live in new ways, left behind old philosophies, old laws and old customs. The United States was conceived as a crucible for new beginnings.

Immigration has benefited the United States immensely. Because of our reputation as the country most receptive to upstarts willing to risk everything for a better life, we have attracted the world’s hardest-working, most innovative dreamers.

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