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Entrepreneurial Activity

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America needs help. In the midst of one of the worst recessions this country has faced, job creation is the primary focus of many people. Currently there are more than 13 million Americans without a job, and while the unemployment rate has dropped a few percentage points in the past few months, part of the drop can be attributed to people giving up the search for a job. The government has tried stimulus packages and bailouts, but saving jobs from being cut is not enough. New jobs need to be created, and the best way to create new jobs is to start new businesses. Luckily, there is a group of people up to the task: immigrants. Unluckily, current government policies are making it unnecessarily difficult for entrepreneurial immigrants to relocate to America. It seems nationalism has created the sentiment that Americans are better at business and entrepreneurial activity than the rest of the world. While the United States may have some of the most successful companies on the planet, America is not as entrepreneurial as it once was. Immigrants, on the other hand, are exceedingly opportunistic even in the roughest of economic situations. Although many Americans think immigrants are a problem rather than a solution, the United States government needs to make it easier for entrepreneurial immigrants to become citizens because immigrants create businesses that employ Americans and will help the whole nation increase total employment.

Job creation is a multi-faceted issue but one thing is for certain: new businesses create new jobs. In fact, economist Carl Schramm says, “The data, frequently used in studies by the Kauffman Foundation, show that all net new job creation in America comes from companies less than five years old!” (Forbes). Th...

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... will increase overall gross domestic product, thereby creating economic growth. America needs help, and government can help America by allowing the immigration system to be unhampered by the bureaucracy and politics that currently plague the it.

Works Cited

Fairlie, Robert W. Kauffman Index of entrepreneurial activity 1996-2010. N.p.: The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 2011. 2. Web. 20 Mar. 2011.

Hinojosa-Ojeda, Dr. Raul. Raising the Floor for American Workers: The Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. N.p.: The Center for American Progress and the American Immigration Council, 2010. 2. Web. 20 Mar. 2011.

Rayasam, Renuka. "Immigrants: the Unsung Heroes of the U.S. Economy." U.S. News & World Report. N.p., 18 Feb. 2007. Web. 20 Mar. 2011.

Schramm, Carl. "The Messy Path To Creating Jobs." Forbes. N.p., 19 Jan. 2011. Web. 20 Mar. 2011.
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