A Peek At Ohio Immigrants-In-Waiting and How The Path To Citizenship Is Excruciatingly Slow

The Columbus Dispatch writes about the frustration on all ends of the wait for citizenship. According to this article, 4700 of the 342,000 people waiting Nationwide are in Ohio.

Lots of good information in this article, but here is something to take away (please read it, it could be eye-opening for you)

If court cases take years to complete just think of the money spent to process this. Wouldn’t a timely resolution to all cases benefit us all? When, for example, the one Ohio court was set up to handle immigration cases, the numbers in back log were less than 200. Times change, needs change, and regardless of whether you think immigrants should be allowed to stay here, it’s like being on death row. Not very humane, not good for business and certainly not good for Ohio.

Wilmington NC Church Celebrates Becoming a Basilica While Celebrating Immigration

The Church (now a Basilica), the Bishop, and parishioners all weighed in on the need to embrace immigrants.  Very cool article about why some people in Wilmington, North Carolina are hoping for comprehensive immigration reform.

Vermont Is Now Home To Four More People…Legally, Due to DOMA and a Change In Immigration Status

The Uniting American Families Act plus the legalization of same sex marriage allowed two couples who hoped to gain permanent residency in Vermont to breathe a sigh of relief. You can read about it here.

More on the Uniting American Families portion of Immigration Reform (currently there are at least 35,000 same-sex binational couples in the U.S.) can be found on Wikipedia here.

Cato, Forbes and Partnership For A New American Economy And Recent Skilled Immigrant Statistics

Hard to stay completely out of the political arena when you have a blog about immigration. The Cato Institute claims to jump in with Republicans or Democrats…and Cato is fairly Libertarian. These days, that makes them front and center in the political drama.

So in April, Alex Nowrasteh wrote a ‘commentary’ on the Cato Site about how bringing in skilled immigrants is a policy that should continue in the United States.  Here are a few stats from Nowrasteh’s commentary:

1. 40% of 2010’s Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants

2.  About 1/2 of recent skilled immigrants work in high-tech

3. The Immigration Innovation Act (was not familiar with this)  being proposed would allow immigrants to apply for jobs as freely as native U.S. citizens – something that is currently hard for H-IB workers. Interesting concept since currently, they have sponsored employers which have allowed them to be here in the first place.

You can read the article to get more stats.  And opinions.

Ok so it’s who I am, I look at stats and always think they can be used to represent any side you want, just report them differently.  First thing I did was try to check out other sources.  Forbes magazine and others (including Cato’s Nowrasteh) go to The Partnership For A New American Economy(PFNAE)  for the 40% stat in #1 above.  This is a bipartisan coalition NYC’s mayor Bloomberg put together (and by the way, let’s not forget that Rupert Murdoch is also a founder, although that’s an entirely different story for another day!). 

Forbes includes this quote from the PFNAE report: 

” Many of America’s greatest brands – Apple, Google, AT&T Budweiser, Colgate, eBay, General Electric, IBM, and McDonald’s to name just a few – owe their origin to a founder who was an immigrant or the child of an immigrant.”

I like their enthusiasm but when you get right down to it,  most of us come from immigrant stock so technically more than 40% are founded by ‘children of immigrants.’  The article is interesting because it does list the original country of the parents of these company founding children.

I may sound a bit cheeky but when I first heard about this coalition, I was excited, I admit it.  Mayors, business leaders, all coming together to work on the economy. So here is the original PFNAE report called The New American Fortune 500.  It was published in June of 2011.