Immigrants, Children Start BusinessesTue, 07/05/2011 - 11:07 — admin
By Elizabeth Stuart
July 3, 2011
It's not much.
A small office with a glass-top desk. A handful of part-time employees. A wooden sign on a wall: "de la Cruz & Associates."
But the small consulting firm on Main Street in Midvale is the culmination of generations of dreams...
The children of immigrants, studies show, are more likely to be poor and more likely to have two working parents than their peers. Most don't speak English before entering school. For many, these challenges translate into poor educational achievement. Earlier this year, the Brookings Institute, one of Washington D.C. top public policy research organizations, named the low test scores of immigrant youth one of America's "top domestic problems."
At the same time, however, America owes some of its most enterprising business to the work of immigrants. First and second generation immigrants have founded a high percentage of the nation's top companies, according to a recent report by the Partnership for a New American Economy.