Retaining Talent From Abroad
The News & Observer
March 9, 2012
The national debate on immigration is broken. As a result, we are hurting our country's economic future by ignoring the many contributions of immigrants to the United States.
Indeed, America's fourth president, James Madison once stated, "America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity." Although much has changed since the 19th century, the economic and cultural benefits of immigration have remained constant over time. The positive impact immigrants have on our nation's economy, entrepreneurship, innovation and job creation have been proven in multiple academic studies, and in the Triangle the value of immigration is easily observed within our region.
Among its many attractions, one of the most notable features of the greater Raleigh area is the Research Triangle Park. Since its inception in 1959, RTP has grown into a global hub for research and development corporations. RTP is now home to more than 170 global companies, including big names such as IBM, Syngenta and Cisco.
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