The Wall Street Journal
October 19, 2011
The recent debate about immigration reform has made me wonder if we have lost sight of what we are and who we are. We are a society of people who have come here from elsewhere. This melting pot has made the United States the greatest and most prosperous nation on earth. We draw our strength and character from those who landed here with nothing more than hope and dreams.
Unfortunately, some have argued that opening our borders to those who seek greater opportunities has actually stifled job formation in our country. Not true. And those who have defended the present, cumbersome and outdated immigration regulations are making it more difficult for talented people to come here to start businesses and create new jobs.
Our political leaders say they want to reform these rules, yet they have consistently failed to make changes. By creating barriers to immigration we are forcing talented people to bring their ideas and energy to other countries where they will compete with the U.S. in the future. As we work to get our economy on track, we need more of these creative and innovative entrepreneurs to help create new jobs here in America.
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